France 1708-T 20 sols

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Steve Album sale 30, lot 1073
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Shown is a twenty sols aux insignes (twenty sous with insignia) struck at the Nantes 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 specimen was lot 1073 in Stephen Album sale 30 (Santa Rosa, CA, January 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE: Louis XIV, 1643-1715, AR ¼ écu, Nantes, 1708-T, NGC graded AU55." This date is common.

Recorded mintage: 3,803,737.

Specification: 6.11 g, .833 fine silver, plain edge, designed by Norbert Roéttiers.

Catalog reference: KM-376.8, Dr/4 no. 705, Dr/2 no. 464.

Source:

  • 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.
  • [2]Album, Stephen, Joseph Lang, Paul Montz, Michael Barry and Norman Douglas Nicol, Auction 30, featuring the George Anderson Collection of Tibetan Coins, the Dr. John W. Lund Collection of Swedish Coins and the Mike Edwards Collection, Santa Rosa, CA: Stephen Album Rare Coins, Inc., 2018.

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