France 1762-BB 2 sols
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 Strasbourg mint ("BB") for 1738-44, 1751, 1756, 1762 and 1764. It was not demonetized until 1845.
Recorded mintage: 309,065 (priced about 50% 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: Dr/2 no. 595, Dr/4 no. 859.
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