France 1768-A sol

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CNG Lissner sale, lot 276

This specimen was lot 276 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $1,452. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE, Royal. Louis XV le Bien-Aimé (the Well-Beloved). 1715–1774. CU Sol à la vieille tête. Paris mint; différents: heron/cross fleury. Charles-Norbert Röettiers, engraver. Jean Dupeyron I, director. Dated 1768 A. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 65 BN. Superb deep reddish brown with with a hint of red luster. A really great type coin and only one of this date encapsulated. Purchased from Paul Davis." The specimen shown is a sol a la vieille tête minted at Paris 1768-74 at the end of the reign of Louis XV. Eleven mints struck this type. Its face value was twelve deniers, one sol or 1/120 of a silver écu. The type is common in low grade (the SCWC values it at $3 in VG) but well made specimens are scarce.

Recorded mintage: unknown but a scarce date[1].

Specification: pure copper, 12.23 g, 28-30 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Joseph-Charles Roéttiers. This specimen is 29 mm diameter, 11.42 g, 6h axis.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 865, Dr/2 no. 579, Duplessy 1699; Ciani 2147; KM 545.1.


  • [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.

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