France 1683 2 sols
This deux sols de Strasbourg is a rather exotic product of the Strasbourg mint, not long after it was absorbed into the kingdom of France. It was accompanied by a rare one sol KM 245) and four sols (KM 247). It was likely intended to compete with billon kreuzers and groschen then circulating in western Germany as there is no mention of Louis XIV or France on the coin. The obverse legend, "MONE[TA] NOV[A] ARGENTINEN[SIS]," means "new silver coin;" the reverse legend, "GLORIA IN EXCELSIS DEO," is the familiar "Glory to God in the highest."
Recorded mintage: 1,359,178 for 1682-87 inclusive.
Specification: 1.52 g, .458 fine silver per Droulers.
Catalog reference: Dr/2 no. 766, Dr/4 no. 507, KM 246, Gad-98.
- 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.