New France Set of Four Coins
Here are four fantasy coins that might-have been. Beginning in 1534, the French colonized the middle part of North America in the name of King Louis XIV, calling it, La Louisiane with the entire claimed territory known as Nouvelle-France. We issue these commemorative colonial pieces to celebrate the history of the colony in coins that could conceivably have existed. Each coin is done in the classic style of 17th century French coinage and represents a different era and locale of the semi-fictional French colonies.
Poste Aux Arkansas • 1690An early colony near a Quapaw village on the Arkansas River.
Isle du Massacre • 1699An island in Mobile Bay thought to be the site of an ancient massacre.
Isle Dauphin • 1707The island capitol of the Louisiana Territory.
La Nouvelle France • 1803Coinage struck by Napoleon to promote French colonial occupation.
This New France Set of Four Coins from the world of New France in North America is struck from solid copper, measures 2.6 cm in diameter, and weighs about 9 grams. Coin artwork by Greg Franck-Weiby.
The product is treated to look as if it has been handled and circulated. This process is done by hand, and it is both an art and a science, coloring and patinas will vary. No two are exactly the same! Coins are struck one at a time in the USA using antique machinery and traditional coining techniques. A colorful description is included with history and facts about the coin.
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I got these for my sister-in-law who speaks French, and I was thrilled Post Aux Arkansas was one of them. And I didn’t even realize it was made in Springdale, AR! Great product, loved the satisfying weight of copper and the celebration of regional heritage.
The concept of these coins a great, and it explained in detail with the included insert. The nicely worn look would make any seasoned coin buff pull a double-take before realizing these are cleverly created novelties.
They take great care in giving this set the circulated treatment. An interesting buy.