France 1709-BB 44 sols

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Jean Elsen sale 132, lot 787
This specimen was lot 787 in Jean Elsen sale 132 (Brussels, March 2017), where it sold for €245 (about US$310 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR 44 sols de Strasbourg, 1709BB. D/ B. à d., cuirassé à l'antique. R/ Ecu de France couronné. Belle patine. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV (1643-1715), silver 44 sols de Strasbourg of 1709. Obverse: cuirassed bust to right; reverse: crowned arms of France. Nice patina, Very fine.)"
The specimen shown is a 44 sols de Strasbourg struck at that town during the reign of Louis XIV. It is the same size as the earlier 33 sols de Strasbourg. The type was issued 1709-13 from that mint in fairly large numbers but is today scarce. It was likely struck for circulation in Germany.

Recorded mintage: 1,602,248, the most common date.

Specification: 12.39 g, .833 fine silver, 33 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Norbert Roéttiers; this specimen 12,15 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 634, Dr/2 no. 517, Dupl. 1606; Gad-200.

Source:

  • [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]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 132, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2017.

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