Colonial Coins by Type | U.S. Coins by Denomination


Obverse of 1722-H French Colonies 9 Deniers     Reverse of 1722-H French Colonies 9 Deniers

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The French Colonies in America had the same basic needs as any other colony, one of which was the need for coins with which to conduct their daily business.  Some French coins were made specifically for the French Colonies.  Other French coins arrived on trading ships and with French immigrants.  Listed here are several types that are generally accepted as having some official sanction or were known to have circulated in America.  Additional possibilities exist.

1670 Copper Double 

1670-A Silver 5 Sols 

1670-A Silver 15 Sols

1717-Q Copper 6 Deniers (or "Demi-Sol")

1720-A Copper 6 Deniers (or "Demi-Sol")

1720-A Silver 20 Sols

1717-Q Copper 12 Deniers (or "Sol")

1721-1722 Copper 9 Deniers (illustrated above)

1711-1713 Billon 15 Deniers (or "Sol" or "Demi-Mousquetaire") 

1709-1713 Billon 30 Deniers (or "Double Sol" or "Mousquetaire")

1719-1720 Copper Sols (also known as "John Law" coppers)

1738-1748 Billon 12 Deniers (or "Sols" Demi-Sous Marques")

1738-1764 Billon 24 Deniers (or "Double Sols" or "Sous Marqués")

1767 Copper 12 Deniers (or "Sol")