France 1707-A 20 sols

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Heritage sale 3064, part of lot 29057
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This specimen was part of lot 29057 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), which sold for $240. The catalog description[2] noted, "Trio of Louis XIV Minor Silver Coins, ...3) 20 Sols (1/4 Écu) aux insignes 1707-A AU, Paris mint. From the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens." Shown is a twenty sols aux insignes (twenty sous with insignia) struck at the Pau mint for France in the last years of Louis XIV's reign. The type was struck 1707-08 in substantial numbers but the type is scarce today. When the coin was recalled in 1710 for melting, the government paid only 14 sols each for them.

Recorded mintage: 5,559,121, common[1].

Specification: 6.11 g, .833 fine silver, 26-27 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Benjamin Duvivier.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 705, Dr/2 no. 464, KM 376.1, Gad-164.


  • [1]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.
  • [2]Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.

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