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Hi friends,

Because she likes that part of History, and even though she doesn't collect anything at all, my wife has often said, should she collect coins it would be that of the French Revolution period. My first goal in life being to please her, I decided to sacrify myself on the altar of generosity and put together a little series of them ūüėĄ

In no particular order, other than inspiration of the moment :

 

 

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Directoire - 1 centimes l'An 6 A - Atelier de Paris 

DIRECTOIRE (26/10/1795-9-10/11/1799) - 1 centime
.REPUBLIQUE  FRANÇAISE. Buste drapé de la Liberté à gauche coiffée du bonnet phrygien, signature Dupré à l'exergue
UN / CENTIME / L'AN 6 . / A en quatre lignes
2,05 gr - 18 mm

Variété avec petit 6, et 53/50 perles
Ref : Le Franc 10 # 100/4, Gadoury # 76

 

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Directoire - Un Décime l'An 7 A - Atelier de Paris (A)

DIRECTOIRE (26/10/1795-9-10/11/1799) - Un Décime grand module
.REPUBLIQUE - FRANÇAISE.* Buste drapé de la Liberté à gauche coiffée du bonnet phrygien, signature Dupré à l'exergue
UN / DECIME / L'AN 7 . / A en quatre lignes, dans une couronne de chêne
19,31 gr - 32 mm

Variété 7/5 et coq regravé sur corne d'abondance ?
Ref : Le Franc 10 # 129/14, Gadoury # 187

 

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Louis XVI, Constitution - 30 sols 1792 I - Atelier de Limoges 
. LOUIS XVI ROI DES FRANCOIS . a l'exergue 1792, buste drapé a gauche
REGNE DE LA LOI, le genie de la liberté a droite, gravant la CONSTITUTION.
Dans le champ 30 | SOLS . et I, a l'exergue L'AN 4 DE LA LIBERTE . en deux lignes
10.16 gr
Ref : Ciani # 2241

 

Please feel free to comment and post anything you feel relevant

To be continued...

Q

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One of my favorites from the period.

1792 "five sols" coin (?) or token minted by private company Freres Monneron using a steam mill. Entrepreneurial brothers exploited a loophole in French laws which briefly allowed private interests to mint coinage.

The Monnerons made these tokens in huge numbers and they were actually widely used as tender because of combination of coinage shortage, obvious artistic quality and political considerations (the king's effigy is notably tiny which made it more desirable in then-current political climate). The loophole was quickly fixed by the French legislature which forced the Monneron tokens out of circulation. Not that it changed much because the Monnerons were already out of business by then.

 

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18 hours ago, Troyden said:

One of my favorites from the period.

1792 "five sols" coin (?) or token minted by private company Freres Monneron using a steam mill. Entrepreneurial brothers exploited a loophole in French laws which briefly allowed private interests to mint coinage.

The Monnerons made these tokens in huge numbers and they were actually widely used as tender because of combination of coinage shortage, obvious artistic quality and political considerations (the king's effigy is notably tiny which made it more desirable in then-current political climate). The loophole was quickly fixed by the French legislature which forced the Monneron tokens out of circulation. Not that it changed much because the Monnerons were already out of business by then.

 

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Really nice! I have a 1791 Monneron Freres token, but it's nowhere near as nice as yours ūüôā

 

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The siege of Mainz (source Wikipedia)

"In the siege of Mainz (German: Belagerung von Mainz), from 14 April to 23 July 1793, a coalition of Prussia, Austria, and other German states led by the Holy Roman Empire besieged and captured Mainz from revolutionary French forces. The allies, especially the Prussians, first tried negotiations, but this failed, and the bombardment of the city began on the night of 17 June.

Within the town the siege and bombardment led to stress between citizens, municipality and the French war council, governing since 2 April. The city administration was displaced on 13 July; this increased the stubbornness of the remaining population. Since a relief army was missing, the war council was forced to take up negotiations with the allied forces on 17 July; the remaining soldiers capitulated on 23 July.

Nearly 19,000 French troops surrendered at the end of the siege, but were allowed to return to France if they promised not to fight against the allies for one year. Consequently, they were used to fight French royalists in the Vendée region of France. They left the town singing La Marseillaise (also known as the Chant de guerre de l'Armée du Rhin).

The Republic of Mainz, the first democratic state on the later German territory, was subsequently dissolved. Mainz received a Prussian commander to administer the city. The bombardment had left devastating traces in the townscape: some civil buildings and aristocratic palaces like the comedy house, the electoral pleasure palace Favorite, the House of the Cathedral Provost, Liebfrauen- and the church of Society of Jesus had been destroyed, as well as St. Crucis, the Benedictine abbey St. Jacob on the citadel and the remains of St. Alban's Abbey. The cathedral had been heavily damaged.

The biggest impact of the occupation and siege was that the city's part in the old imperial electoral structure finally came to their end. Thus the events of the year 1793 also marked the end of Aurea Moguntia, the Latin nickname for the city: "Golden Mainz". The city lost its status as the electoral residence.

The shelling of Mainz was widely discussed in Europe. Many people gathered round the town in order to view the siege. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe assisted Duke Carl August of Saxe-Weimar during the siege and wrote a famous book about it."

During the siege, the population there had to mint in emergency for everyday use. Three denominations are known to exist, 1 sol, 2 sols and 5 sols. They're uncommon rather than rare

 

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Siège de Mayence - 2 sols 1793 - Atelier de Mayence (Mainz) 

REPUBLIQUE FRAN√áAISE / 1793 L'AN 2ŠīĪ Faisceau de licteur surmont√© d'un bonnet phrygien, dans une couronne de ch√™ne (vari√©t√© √† trois branches)

MONOYE DE SIEGE DE MAYENCE - au centre 2 SOLS en deux lignes entre trois roses

9,19 gr - 25 mm

Ref : Gadoury # 66

 

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Siège de Mayence - 2 sols 1793 - Atelier de Mayence (Mainz) 

REPUBLIQUE FRAN√áAISE / 1793 L'AN 2ŠīĪ Faisceau de licteur surmont√© d'un bonnet phrygien, dans une couronne de ch√™ne (vari√©t√© √† rameaux simples)

MONOYE DE SIEGE DE MAYENCE - au centre 2 SOLS en deux lignes entre trois roses

7,07 gr - 23 mm

Ref : Gadoury # 66a

 

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Siège de Mayence - 5 sols 1793 - Atelier de Mayence (Mainz) 

REPUBLIQUE FRAN√áAISE / 1793 L'AN 2ŠīĪ Faisceau de licteur surmont√© d'un bonnet phrygien, dans une couronne de ch√™ne¬†

MONOYE DE SIEGE DE MAYENCE - au centre 5 SOLS en deux lignes entre trois roses

14,71 gr - 31 mm

Ref : Gadoury # 67

 

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