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Live auction - fco_421503 - FRENCH ISLANDS AND BOURBON - FIRST EMPIRE - DECAEN GENERAL Piastre Decaen 1810 Port-Louis

FRENCH ISLANDS AND BOURBON - FIRST EMPIRE - DECAEN GENERAL Piastre Decaen 1810 Port-Louis VF/VF
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Estimate : 1 000 €
Price : 819 €
Maximum bid : 1 200 €
End of the sale : 14 March 2017 18:04:05
bidders : 2 bidders
Type : Piastre Decaen
Date: 1810
Mint name / Town : Port-Louis
Quantity minted : 200000
Metal : silver
Millesimal fineness : 840 ‰
Diameter : 38,5 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 26,55 g.
Edge : striée
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Cette pièce de dix livres est bien centrée de part et d’autre, elle présente une usure régulière accentuée au centre au revers, sur la faciale. L’intégralité de l’exemplaire est recouvert d’une patine grise homogène
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : ILES DE FRANCE - ET BONAPARTE.
Obverse description : Aigle debout de face sur un foudre, les ailes déployées, la tête tournée à droite, surmonté d'une couronne ; signé AVELINE à l'exergue.

Reverse


Reverse legend : DIX/ LIVRES EN DEUX LIGNES,.
Reverse description : dans une couronne formée de deux branches de laurier ; à l'exergue 1810.

Commentary


Ces pièces furent fabriquées suite aux arrêtés, insérés dans le code des Îles de France et de la Réunion, publiés à l'Île de France (Île Maurice) par le général Decaen. Les pièces furent frappées à partir des lingots d'argent récupérés sur l'Ouvidor, navire hollandais qui fut capturé par l'Entreprenant du capitaine Bouvet, un corsaire français. Le nom de la pièce vient du général gouverneur Charles Decaen.

Historical background


ISLANDS OF FRANCE AND BOURBON - EMPIRE - GENERAL DECAEN

(1810)

The Mauritius and Réunion were discovered by the Portuguese Pedro Mascarenhas in 1507. Mauritius was occupied by the Dutch in 1638. The French took possession of the island in 1715 and received the name of Ile de France. The East India Company moved to Port Louis in 1720. In 1810, the island was occupied by the British and became a British colony after the Treaty of Paris in 1814 and 1815. Bourbon Island was colonized by the French between 1638 and 1646 and granted first to the East India Company founded August 27, 1664 and the French East India Company in 1719. Charles Mathieu Isidore Decaen (04/13/1769 - 09/09/1832), general in the army of the Rhine, was appointed captain-general of the French settlements in India in 1802. He must retreat on the island of France (or Bonaparte). It also administers the Reunion and Seychelles. Nevertheless, it should capitulate December 2, 1810 and evacuate the island Bonaparte after obtaining guarantees for islanders.

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