22 articles in the category HISTORY
The Écu de Calonne
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The Écu de Calonne

Contrary to what the designation of this coin might lead one to believe at first glance, Calonne is not the name of the engraver of this illustrious and renowned écu. In fact, it is that of the no less illustrious and no less renowned Controller-Gener(...)
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Coin weights
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Coin weights

Prior to the 20th century (and even later depending on the country), the weight (or rather the mass to be more precise) of a coin reigned supreme. Furthermore, the face value of the coin often referred to the corresponding weight. For example, the pou(...)
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Open day at the maisons closes
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Open day at the maisons closes

Prostitution was more or less tolerated in France from the reign of Louis XV up until 1804, although it did become more strictly controlled as time went on. Louis XVI proved a little less tolerant, with prostitutes being sent either to prison or to th(...)
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Top 8 passions of the kings of France
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Top 8 passions of the kings of France

Many of the Kings of France shared an interest in the same hobby: hunting. That’s no secret! However, some also developed a special penchant for one discipline or another and devoted themselves to it extravagantly. Whether it was a genuine interest, h(...)
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Louis XIV Advent calendar
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Louis XIV Advent calendar

Advent is now here. We have compiled a special numismatic calendar this year. Twenty-six wonders of the Sun King to discover before Christmas. A new item, quote, surprise, anecdote, or other interesting content to discover each day between now and Chr(...)
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1 franc Graziani (1943)
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1 franc Graziani (1943)

In the world of numismatics, there are rare coins, very rare coins, extremely rare coins, and finally the rarest and unique coins. This 1 franc Graziani undoubtedly belongs in this final category. To tell the truth, there are only two known examples (...)
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Albert Camus