France 1721-A 1/2 sol

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Jean Elsen sale 140, lot 720
This specimen was lot 720 in Jean Elsen sale 140 (Brussels, March 2019), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), Cu demi-sol au buste enfantin, 1721A, Paris. D/ B. nu à d. R/ Ecu de France couronné. Petit coup au revers. presque Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, copper half sol of the young bust of 1721, Paris mint. Obverse: nude bust right; reverse: crowned arms of France. Minor rim nick on reverse, about Extremely Fine.)"
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 common.

Specification: 6.11 g, copper, 25-26 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Norbert Roéttiers.

Catalog reference: Gad-273, Dr/4 no. 866, Dr/2 no. 572, Duplessy 1693; Ciani 2142; KM 451.1.

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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 140, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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