France 1757-A 2 sols

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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Heritage sale 3064, lot 29046
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This coin, called a double 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 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 Paris mint ("A") for every year except 1755. The second specimen was lot 29046 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $240. The catalog description[2] noted, "Louis XV 2 Sols (Sou Marqué) 1757-A MS62 NGC, Paris mint. First semester. Vlack states that a first semester (no dot under the D of LUD) non-overdate is unreported. Considerable luster, with darkening at the periphery. Somewhat granular and weakly struck up at the left center. From the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens."

Recorded mintage: 91,200 (priced[1] about double 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: Dr/2 no. 595, Dr/4 no. 859, KM 500.1, Vlack-unlisted.

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]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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