France 1707-Pau 20 sols

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Heritage sale 3038, lot 34345
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This specimen was lot 34345 in Heritage sale 3038 (Dallas, January 2015), where it sold for $646.25. The catalog description[2] noted, "Louis XIV 20 Sols 1707 (Cow) VF Scratches, Cow mintmark indicates Pau mint. A somewhat scarcer type also valued as 1/6 of an Ecu. Nicely toned with some scratches noted on the face." 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. This date is rare with only two claimed to exist[1].

Recorded mintage: 224,046[1].

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

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 705a, Dr/2 no. 464a, 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]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage Signature Auction 3038, featuring the Empire, the Santa Catarina, the Law and the Santa Maria Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.

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