France 1685 30 sols

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Jean Elsen sale 137, lot 1006
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 1006 in Jean Elsen sale 137 (Brussels, June 2018), where it sold for €260 (about US$362 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR 30 sols de Strasbourg, 1685. D/ Grande fleur de lis. R/ Valeur et date dans le champ. Coup sur la tranche. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, silver thirty sols of Strasbourg of 1685. Obverse: large fleur-de-lys; reverse: value and date in field. Rim nick, Very fine.)"
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 15,07 g.

Catalog reference: C.2049, Gad-183, Dy.1594, Dr/2 no. 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.
  • [2]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 137, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2018

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