1060419 | FRANCE. Louis XVII.
(King, 1774-1792). 1792 Bronze Piece de Essai. NGC MS65RB (Red-Brown).
Edge: Plain. LOUIS XVII ROI – DES FRANCOIS. Portrait, left; ESSAI below truncation /
PIECE/ D'ESSAI/ –/ 1792. Inscription within wreath. Mazard 396.
Superb lustrous gem; extremely rare type in this quality.
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Louis XVII was the younger son of King Louis XVI of France and Queen Marie Antoinette. His older brother, Louis Joseph, Dauphin of France, died in June 1789, a little over a month before the start of the French Revolution. At his brother's death he became the new Dauphin, a title he held until 1791, when the new constitution accorded the heir apparent the style of Prince Royal.
When his father was executed on 21 January 1793, during the middle period of the French Revolution, he automatically succeeded as the king of France, Louis XVII, in the eyes of the royalists. France was by then a republic, so he never actually ruled. Nevertheless, in 1814 after the Bourbon Restoration, his uncle acceded to the throne and was proclaimed Louis XVIII. (Wikipedia).