France 1683 sol
This sol 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 two sols and four sols. 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: unknown.
Specification: 0.83 g, .437 fine silver, 17 mm approximate diameter, plain edge.
Catalog reference: Dupl., 1599; Ciani-2054; Gad-87, Dr/4 no. 776, Dr/2 no. 508.
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