King Louis XV issues new playing card money

On today’s date in 1729, King Louis XV authorized a new issue of playing card money in response to a currency shortage in New France.

Card money was issued until the fall of New France in 1760. Unlike the cards issued between 1685 and 1714, the 1729 issues were printed on ordinary white cardboard, with the size determining the denomination.

Notes were made on the card’s back side, authorizing its use as a temporary form of currency until a new shipment could arrive, at which point the cards would be redeemed for real, hard coins. Depending upon the value of the card, it would sometimes be cut in halves or quarters to denominate 6, 12 or 24 livres.

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