In 1711, the French mint in Lyon struck a batch of 30-Denier coins intended for use in New Orleans and the French colonies of Canada and Louisiana. But they never made it to the New World. Instead, centuries later, they were discovered on England’s south coast in a sealed glass jar that was buried under a shop in Bishop’s Waltham, Hampshire. Why they were secretly stashed away in England is a mystery that may never be solved!
The coins are known as “Mousquetaires” because of the famous French musketeer symbol on the back. Most were worn out or destroyed centuries ago in New Orleans and other New World outposts, so only a few survived. The New World Hoard is a rare discovery that makes it possible for a few collectors to own this stunning and extraordinary coin.
The coin you receive will:
• Be slightly different from all others, because each was struck by hand by a skilled artisan more than 300 years ago, making it a one-of-a-kind piece of Colonial American history.
• Be certified by NGC, one of the world’s leading coin-grading companies, to guarantee that it is genuine and was discovered as part of the long-forgotten New World Hoard.
• Be enhanced by a Collector’s Guide that provides fascinating details about the hoard and the design and history of your coin.
• Arrive in a luxurious wooden display chest that measures approximately 4½” x 1½” x 5½”.
• Be protectively encased in a clear holder, allowing you to examine the amazing details on both front and back while keeping it safe from the effects of dust and fingerprints