France 1684 30 sols

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This coin, called a thirty sols de Strasbourg, was one of the first issues of that mint after its capture by the French. Two, four and ten sols were also struck in this period. This specimen was lot 168 in CGB sale 58 (Paris, April 2013) where it sold for €300 (about US$___ including buyers' fees). The catalog description noted,
"XXX sols 1684 Strasbourg Degré de rareté: R1 TTB Cette pièce de 30 sols est frappée sur un flan assez large et légèrement irrégulier. Exemplaire ayant été nettoyé et présentant des rayures dans les champs. Défaut de flan et taches au revers. Titulature avers: MONETA. NOVA. ARGENTINENSIS.. Description avers: Grande fleur de lis sommée d'une fleur. (Monnaie nouvelle de Strasbourg). Titulature revers: (rose) GLORIA. IN. EXCELSIS. DEO. au centre en trois lignes: .XXX../.SOLS./.1684. (Gloire à Dieu dans les Cieux). Ce type est le premier frappé après le rattachement de Strasbourg à la France. Il fut frappé entre 1682 et 1689. Nous avons un total de fabrication de 4.743.735 pièces. Sur ce chiffre, 3.178.954 pièces furent réformées pour fabriquer le type suivant aux palmes."
The type is now scarce because most were restruck into half écus aux palmes. The obverse legend, "MONETA NOVA ARGENTINENSIS," means "new silver coin;" the reverse legend, "GLORIA IN EXCELSIS DEO," is the familiar "Glory to God in the highest."

Recorded mintage: 4,743,735 for 1682-89.

Specification: 15.30 g, .729 fine silver, 36 mm diameter, plain edge, this specimen 14.90 g.

Catalog reference: C.2049, Gad-183, Dr/4 no.440, Dy.1594, Dr.2/503.

Source:

  • [1]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Prieur, Michel, Arnaud Clairand and Stéphane Desrousseaux, CGB Monnaies 58: Vente Sur Offres, Paris, 2013.

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