France 1772-N 1/2 sol

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
France 1772N demi sol rev DSLR.jpg

The specimen shown is a demi-sol à la vieille tête minted at Montpellier 1770-73 at the end of the reign of Louis XV of France. Its face value was 6 deniers, ½ sol or 1/240 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. This date is somewhat scarce but may be presumed to be rare in the condition shown.

Recorded mintage: 1,418,305.

Specification: pure copper, 6.11 g, 25 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by C.-N. Roéttiers.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 868, Dr/2 no. 580, KM 544.8 (unlisted date).


  • 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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