France 1785-A 1/2 sol

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CNG Lissner sale, lot 295

This specimen was lot 295 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $393.25. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE, Royal. Louis XVI. 1774–1793. CU Demi-sol. Paris mint; différents: heron/lyre. François Bernier, engraver. J. Dupeyron de la Coste II, director. Dated 1785 A. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 64 BN. Rich brown with hints of red. Only Demi-sol of this date graded, with only one graded higher for the entire denomination for all reigns." This is a demi-sol a l'écu of the Paris mint, struck during the reign of Louis XVI (1774-93). Droulers[1] notes the type as common but the date as rather scarce. The type was issued 1777-91.

Specification: 6.11 g, copper, 24-25 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Benjamin Duvivier, this specimen 24 mm diameter, 5.99 g, 6h axis.

Recorded mintage: unknown, a better date.

Catalog reference: Duplessy 1715; Ciani 2196; KM –, Dr/4 no. 893, Dr/2 no. 626.


  • [1]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • 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.
  • [2]Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.

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