France 1791-AA 15 sols

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Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 1505
This specimen was lot 1505 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it sold for €180 (about US$239 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Constitution (1791-1792), AR 15 sols, 1791AA, an 3, Metz. Type FRANCAIS. D/ T. nue à g., les cheveux noués par un ruban. R/ Génie inscrivant la constitution sur une table. Rare Deuxième semestre. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Constitutional period, silver fifteen sols of 1791, year 3, Metz mint, FRANCAIS in legend. Obverse: bare head to left, hair tied in a ribbon; reverse: the Genius of France inscribes the Constitution. Rare, second semester, Very Fine.)"
This specimen is a billon fifteen sols struck at the Metz mint in 1791. It is not common. Its face value was one-eighth of an écu. The type was struck 1791-93 and is known from Paris, Limoges, Bordeaux, Bayonne, Marseilles, Nantes and other mints.

Recorded mintage: 206,022, a better date.

Specification: 4.99 g, .666 fine silver, this specimen is 5,01 g.

Catalog reference: KM 605.1, Dupl-1721 var.; Gad-35.

Source:

  • 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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, 1789-2011, 20me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2011.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 141, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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