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    1693-Dated Louis XIV Family Medal, AU Details
    Leroux-300b in Silver, Possible Presentation Piece

    1693-Dated France Dauphin & Burgundy Dukes, Silver--Obverse Tooled--NGC Details. AU. Leroux-300b, Breton-3. 41mm. Signed J. MAUGER. Struck from the same die combination as lot 770 in the John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, Part XIII (Stack's, 1/2006). The hanger at 12 o'clock may be a replacement for the Parisian original that went missing, or it may have been added upon arrival in Nouvelle France, where Montreal or Quebec City silversmiths were capable of such work. Either way, both the medal and the irregular hanger show distinct evidence of wear, lending credence to the argument that this medal was awarded as a diplomatic presentation piece and worn as such. The rims are beveled, characteristic of medals of the period rather than of later restrikes, and both sides show extensive evidence of tooling. The surfaces are bright silver with myriad abrasions, including several notable marks on Louis le Grand's profile. An interesting offering with a strong claim to having been gifted by the French to an Indigenous ally as a mark of distinction and worthy of additional research. This is one of fewer than a half dozen confirmed 41mm examples in silver, including the well-worn example in the Musée de Civilization in Quebec City, with a strong claim to being a major colonial rarity.
    Ex: Donald G. Partrick.


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    March, 2021
    17th-18th Wednesday-Thursday
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