France 1719-A sol

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Ponterio sale 169, lot 10216
photo courtesy Stack's Bowers LLC
CNG Lissner sale, lot 273

The first specimen was lot 10216 in Ponterio sale 169 (Baltimore, November 2012), where it sold for $2,100. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. Sol, 1719-A. Louis XV (1715-74). Toned with mint orange luster at the periphery. NGC MS-63 BN. From the Demarete Collection." The second specimen was lot 273 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $3,327.50. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE, Royal. Louis XV le Bien-Aimé (the Well-Beloved). 1715–1774. CU Sol. Paris mint; différents: clover/flower. George Röettiers, engraver. Dated 1720 A [sic]. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 64 BN. Choice moderate brown with a hint of red. Fantastic choice uncirculated and very scarce so choice. Only date of this type struck at the Paris mint. Purchased from Spink & Sons, September 1974."This sol au buste enfantin was struck 1719-28 and 1734 but only the early years are common, with this the most common date. Liards and demi-sols were also struck with this bust.

Recorded mintage: 2,037,600.

Specification: Copper, 12.23 g, 28-30 mm diameter, plain edge. The second specimen is 29 mm diameter, 12.17 g, 6h axis.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 870, Dr/2 no. 573, Duplessy 1692; Ciani 2141; KM 439.1 (unlisted date), Gad-276; DFW-453.


  • 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.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 169: The November 2012 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2012.
  • [2]Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.

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