CORN-F1C64B: French colonial stampee (obverse)

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Unique ID: CORN-F1C64B

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Copper 24 deniers or double sols of Louis XV (1715-1774) of France referred to as a French colonial 'stampee', used in the West Indies, with a large crowned 'C' stamped on the obverse, but a blank reverse. The first coinage of stampees used worn, old coins. This second major coinage employed newly minted planchets, thus the coin is not a 'reformation' nor a traditional counterstamp. In 1763 the first stampee, or sol tampé, of 24 deniers was authorized. This was a small copper disk stamped on the obverse with a crowned C (for Colonies) and a blank reverse. From dates on the undertypes we know these coins were produced through to at least 1764. They circulated widely and were also used in the British Caribbean colonies where the stampee were known as Black Doggs or Doggs as they were linked to the rum trade.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Middle
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Middle
Date from: Exactly AD 1763
Date to: Exactly AD 1764

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 0.6 mm
Weight: 1.37 g
Diameter: 22 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 20th August 2018 - Monday 20th August 2018

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper
Manufacture method: Milled
Completeness: Incomplete

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Double sol
Ruler/issuer: Louis XV of France
Type: Copper-alloy coin of Louis XV of France
Obverse description: crowned C
Obverse inscription: none
Reverse description: blank
Reverse inscription: none
Degree of wear: Extremely worn: poor

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
District: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Illogan (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SW6643
Four figure Latitude: 50.24056399
Four figure longitude: -5.28307917
1:25K map: SW6643
1:10K map: SW63NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Updated: 3 years ago

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