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Louis XIV (1643-1715) liard, 1695.
The obverse of this coin depicts the crowned and robed bust of King Louis XIV, facing right. The inscription reads L XIIII. ROY.DE.FR.ET.DE.NA, which means 'Louis XIV King of France and of Navarre', followed by the date, 1695.
The reverse shows three flers de lis below the inscription LIARD DE FRANCE, followed by letter, L, which stands for the French city of Lille.
The laird was worth three deniers and was introduced by Louis XIV. It was the smallest denomination prior to the French Revolution. Known as Louis the Great or the Sun King, Louis XIV consolidated a system of absolute monarchy in France, using court ritual and the arts to validate and increase his authority and control.
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dia 22.2mm (dia 7/8")
1.5mm (1/16")
w 3.2g
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