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    1693-Dated France Dukes Medal, MS62
    Betts-75, Silver Restrike

    1693-Dated France Louis XIV, Dauphin & Burgundy Dukes, Betts-75, Silver, MS62 NGC. Leroux-300, Breton-1. 77 mm. Labeled the "French-Indian Medal" in Betts. Betts-75 and Betts-76 are often confused, unsurprising given their similar design. However, only the former has any legitimate claim to having been presented to the Canadian First Nations, as documented in a letter written by Mother Mary of Saint Helena (a nun at the Hotel Dieu hospital in Quebec City) dated October 17, 1723, and published by Reverend A.H. Verreau in the Canadian Review in February 1875. Mother Mary noted that King Louis XIV had sent large silver medals "to be given to those who should distinguish themselves in war." While Victor Morin reports that examples of Betts-75 were struck in five different sizes (75, 60, 41, 36, and 31 millimeters) for chiefs of varying rank and importance, only the 75mm, 41mm, and 36mm pieces are known and we have seen no evidence that diameter and rank were correlated. Of the 1693 Dynastic medals extant, only a small number are believed to have presented to Canadian First Nations. Presumably, most originals have been lost to time, either melted or confiscated and exchanged for English or American medals; only a handful are known to exist. We are aware of two or three large-size silver originals, including the Adams example, the ANS medal, and another in the collection of a Canadian collector.

    This Paris Mint restrike has ARGENT and a cornucopia on the edge, indicating a post-1880 production. The original dies for this important medal were engraved by H. Roussel. The reverse depicts the Dauphin at 12 o'clock, the Duke of Burgundy at 3 o'clock, the Duke of Berri at 6 o'clock, and the Duke of Anjou at 9 o'clock. A beautiful deep silver-gray medal showing golden-brown and iridescent toning on the obverse and the reverse.
    Ex: Warren Baker; Chris Schenkel Collection (Bowers and Merena, 11/1990), lot 4002; Donald G. Partrick.

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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