France 1791-D sol

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Heritage sale 3038, lot 34365
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This specimen was lot 34365 in Heritage sale 3038 (Dallas, January 2015), where it sold for $1,175. The catalog description[2] noted, "Louis XVI Sol 1791-D MS66 Red PCGS. Lyon, (D), mint. A spectacular example of the type with captivating luster and unblemished surfaces. Most unusual in that this type was spent, not saved, so few could exist this choice." This specimen is a copper sol struck at the Lyon mint in 1791. It is common. Its face value was twelve deniers tournois. The type was struck 1777-91 and is known from Lyon for 1779, 1784-88, 1790-91. These circulated in France until the 1850's when they were finally called in and melted.

Recorded mintage: 1,734,146[1].

Specification: 12.24 g, copper, 28-31 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Benjamin Duvivier.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 891, Dr/2 no. 624, KM 578.5.


  • [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.
  • [2]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage Signature Auction 3038, featuring the Empire, the Santa Catarina, the Law and the Santa Maria Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.

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