France 1748-C 2 sols

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Jean Elsen sale 132, lot 812
This specimen was lot 812 in Jean Elsen sale 132 (Brussels, March 2017), where it did not sell. The catalog description[2] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), Billon double sol de billon, 1748C, Caen. D/ L couronné, entre trois lis. R/ L cursif et orné, croisé d'un rameau, sous une couronne. Rare Tache d'oxydation au droit. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XV (1715-74), billon double sol of 1748, Caen mint. Obverse: crowned "L" between three fleurs-de-lys; reverse: two intertwined "L's" below a crown. Rare, oxidation stain on obverse, very fine.)"
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 1738-64 and is recorded for the Caen mint ("C") for 1738-52. The mint closed in 1771.

Recorded mintage: 79,385, priced[1] about double 1738-A or 1739-A.

Specification: 2.18 g, .250 fine silver, 21-22 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by J.-C. Röettiers, this specimen 2,14 g.

Catalog reference: KM 500.5, Dr/2 no. 595, Dr/4 no. 859, Dupl. 1690.


  • [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]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 132, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2017.

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