France 1748-A sol

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Heritage sale 3064, part of lot 29016
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This coin, called a sol aux 2 L couronnés, was an attempt by the government of France to displace all the low grade silver pieces circulating since the time of Louis XIII. It was theoretically equal to 12 deniers but was actually worth much less. Most survivors today are in poor condition. The type was struck 1739-48 with nearly all the production occurring on 1740. Droulers[1] estimates the total production of this type to be around 2.3 million, compared to 81 million for the double sol. This specimen was part of lot 29016 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), which sold for $1,140. The catalog description[2] noted, "Pair of Louis XV Sols (1/2 Sous Marqués), ...2) 1748-A Fine, Paris mint, R6. VF obverse, but quite weak areas on the reverse. From the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens."

Recorded mintage: est. 19,600[1], a scarce date.

Specification: 1.09 g, .250 fine silver, 17-19 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by J.-C. Roéttiers.

Catalog reference: Duplessy 1691; Ciani 2140; KM 501.1, Vlack-296, Dr/2 no. 597, Dr/4 no. 861.


  • [1]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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • [2]Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.

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