KM-478.1 variety, Louis XV type. Struck at the Paris mint.
Acquired by us in Europe, this is an example of a rare and seldom seen half dollar-sized issue which definitively saw circulation in the French Colonies of North America.
How do we know? Because in 1965 a few examples of this type were recovered from the wreck of the Le Chameau, a French supply ship which sank off the coast of Nova Scotia in 1725 while en route to North America.
And while those coins were badly degraded by a couple of hundred years of exposure to seawater, this one is a lovely original Choice AU+ with delicate golden toning in the devices.
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