1722, French Colonies (canada/louisiana). Scarce Copper Sou (9 Deniers) Coin. R For Sale
1722, French Colonies (Canada/Louisiana). Scarce Copper Sou (9 Deniers) Coin. R!
Mint Year: 1722
Reference: KM-5.2. R!
Condition: A nice VF++
Mint Place: La Rochelle (H)
Denomination: Sou (9 Deniers)
Obverse: Inscription in two lines (COLONIES FRANCOISES) above date (1722) and mint initial (H) of the La Rochelle mint.
Reverse: Crowned monogram of Louis XV.
Legend: . SIT . NOMEN . DIMINI . BENEDICTUM .
Translated: "Blessed be the name of the Lord!"
France began to establish colonies in North America, the Caribbean and India, following Spanish and Portuguese successes during the Age of Discovery, in rivalry with Britain for supremacy. A series of wars with Britain during the 18th century and early 19th century, which France lost, ended its colonial ambitions on these continents, and with it is what some historians term the "first" French colonial empire..
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French exploration of the area began during the reign of Louis XIV, while French Louisiana was not greatly developed, due to a lack of human and financial resources. As a result of its defeat, in the Seven Years' War, France was forced to cede the Eastern part of the territory in 1763 to the victorious British, and the western part to Spain as compensation for that country's loss of Florida. France regained sovereignty of the western territory in the secret Treaty of San Ildefonso of 1800. But, strained by obligations in Europe, Napoleon Bonaparte decided to sell the territory to the United States in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, ending France's presence in Louisiana.
The United States ceded part of the Louisiana Purchase to the United Kingdom in the Treaty of 1818, following the War of 1812. This section lies above the 49th parallel north in a portion of present-day Alberta and Saskatchewan.
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1722, French Colonies (canada/louisiana). Scarce Copper Sou (9 Deniers) Coin. R: $532