France 1758-A 2 sols

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CNG Lissner sale, lot 278
Heritage sale 3064, lot 29044
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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 first specimen was lot 278 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $847. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE, Royal. Louis XV le Bien-Aimé (the Well-Beloved). 1715–1774. BI Double sol. Paris mint; différents: heron/flower. Joseph-Charles Röettiers de la Bertaiche, engraver. Jean Dupeyron I, director. Dated 1758 A. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 64. Color of pewter, nice uncirculated specimen." The second specimen was part of lot 29044 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), which sold for $240. The catalog description[3] noted, "Pair of Louis XV 2 Sols (Sous Marqués), ...2) 1758/4-A AU55 NGC, Paris mint, R7. 2nd semester (dot under D of LUD). Lightly-struck at the left. Subdued luster. From the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens."

Recorded mintage: unknown (unlisted[1]).

Specification: 2.18 g, .250 fine silver, 21-22 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by J.-C. Roéttiers. The first specimen 22 mm diameter, 2.34 g, 6h axis.

Catalog reference: Duplessy 1690; Ciani 2138; KM 500.1, Vlack-39c, Dr/2 no. 595, Dr/4 no. 859.


  • [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.
  • [2]Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.
  • [3]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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