France 1676-D 4 sols
This specimen was part of lot 29053 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), which sold for $432. The catalog description noted, "Louis XIV. Pair of High Grade Minor Coins, 1) 4 Sols 1676-D Unc., Lyon mint, Considerable luster and reasonably well-struck. From worn dies. ...From the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens." This quatre sols des Traitants is a rather unusual product of the Paris mint. It was accompanied by a two sols (KM 246). Its production was farmed out to contractors who produced large quantities, likely more than was reported to the government. This is one of the few French coins of the 1662-1690 period that can be called common.
Recorded mintage: 21,498,000.
Specification: 1.63 g, .798 fine silver, 19 mm diameter, plain edge.
Catalog reference: KM 232.2, Gad-103, Dr/4 no. 753B, Dr/2 no. 456B.
- Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.