France 1701-BB 33 sols

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Sincona sale 47, lot 1663
This specimen was lot 1663 in Sincona sale 47 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 200 CHF (about US$240 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANKREICH, Konigreich, Louis XIV. 1643-1715. 1/2 Ecu de Strasbourg 1701 BB, Strassburg. Réformation. Sehr schön. Kleine Kratzer. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, half écu of Strasbourg of 1701, Strasbourg mint. Very fine, Small scratches.)"
This type was struck at Strasbourg only 1694-1701. The 1694 is the most common date. All were struck over 30 sols de Strasbourg (1682-89) and then restruck as 34½ sols de Strasbourg (Dr/4 no. 627) of 1701-02 or 36½ sols de Strasbourg (Dr/4 no. 633) of 1704. Droulers[2] notes that most of the survivors were found in Wurttemberg and Baden, not France, suggesting that it was struck for circulation in Germany.

Recorded mintage: 194,950, all "reformed"[1].

Specification: 15.30 g, .729 fine silver 34 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Norbert Roéttiers, this specimen 14.77 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 621, Dr/2 no. 509, Gadoury 188.


  • [2]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Auction 47, World Coins and Medals, Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2018.

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