France 1743-W 2 sols

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Jean Elsen sale 109, lot 1344
France 1743W 2 sols rev JElsen 109-1344.jpg

This coin, called a double sol aux 2 L couronnés, was an attempt by the government to displace all the low grade silver pieces circulating since the time of Louis XIII. It was theoretically equal to 24 deniers but was actually worth much less. Most survivors today are in poor condition. The type was struck 1738-69 and is recorded for the Lille mint ("W") for 1738-47. This specimen was lot 1344 in Jean Elsen sale 109 (Brussels, June 2011) where it sold for 420 euros ($710 including buyer's fee). The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE ROYALE, Louis XV (1715-1774), double sol de billon, 1743 W, Lille. Superbe."

Recorded mintage: 174,944 (priced[2] about 40% more than the common date such as 1745-AA).

Specification: 2.18 g, .250 fine silver, 21-22 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by J.-C. Roéttiers.

Catalog reference: Dupl-1690, Dr/2 no. 595, Dr/4 no. 859.


  • [2]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, Vente Publique 109, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses fils, S.A., 2011.

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