France 1771-CC sol

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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The specimen shown is a sol a la vieille tête minted at Besançon 1769-72 at the end of the reign of Louis XV of France. The Besançon mint closed in 1772. Eleven mints struck this type. Its face value was 12 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 (priced[1] at about double the common date).

Specification: pure copper, 12.23 g, 28-30 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by C.-N. Roéttiers.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 865, Dr/2 no. 579, KM 545.13.


  • [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.

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