France 1720-A 1/2 sol

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CNG Lissner sale, lot 272

This specimen was lot 272 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $3,932.50. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE, Royal. Louis XV le Bien-Aimé (the Well-Beloved). 1715–1774. CU Demi-sol. Paris mint; différents: clover/flower. George Röettiers, engraver. Dated 1720 A. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 62 BN. Moderate reddish brown patina. Nice Strike. Only coin of this date ever graded and scarce in uncirculated. Purchased from Richard Margolis, July 1972." This type was struck 1719-24 and is common in worn condition but choice specimens are very scarce. The next issue of demi-sols would be in 1767.

Recorded mintage: unknown but somewhat scarce.

Specification: 6.11 g, copper, 25-26 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Norbert Roéttiers. This specimen 26mm, 5.38 g, 6h axis.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 866, Dr/2 no. 572, Duplessy 1693; Ciani 2142; KM 451.1.

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]Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.

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