France 1772-CC 1/2 sol

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from Sincona sale 11, lot 1350
from the Mountain Groan Collection
France 1772CC demi-sol rev DSLR.jpg
This specimen was lot 1350 in Sincona sale 11 (Zurich, May 2013), where it sold for 225 CHF (about US$279 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANKREICH Louis XV. 1715-1774. 1/2 Sol à la vieille tête 1772, Besançon. Vorzüglich-gutes vorzüglich. (France, Louis XV, 1715-74, half sol 'of the old head' of 1772, Besançon mint. Extremely fine.)"
The specimen shown is a demi-sol à la vieille tête minted at Besançon 1769-72 at the end of the reign of Louis XV. Nine other mints struck this type. Its face value was six deniers, half a sol or 1/240 of a silver écu. The type is common in low grade (the SCWC values it at $4 in VG) but well made specimens such as the one shown are scarce.

Recorded mintage: unknown but common[2].

Specification: copper, 6.11 g, 25 mm diameter, plain edge. Engraved by Joseph-Charles Roéttiers. This specimen is 6.41 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 868, Dr/2 no. 580, KM 544, Duplessy 1700, Gad-275.


  • [2]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.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals & Banknotes, Auction 11, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2013.

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