France 1791-I 15 sols

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from Jean Elsen sale 132, lot 832
This specimen was lot 832 in Jean Elsen sale 132 (Brussels, March 2017), where it sold for €80 (about US$101 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Constitution (1791-1792), AR 15 sols, 1791I, an 3, Limoges. Type FRANCOIS. D/ T. nue à g., les cheveux noués par un ruban. R/ Génie inscrivant la constitution sur une table. Très Beau à Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis XVI (1774-93), silver fifteen sols of 1791, year 3, Limoges mint. Obverse: bare head to left, hair tied in a ribbon; reverse: the Genius of France inscribes the constitution on a lectern. Very fine to extremely fine.)"
This specimen is a billon fifteen sols struck at the Limoges mint in 1791. It is common. Its face value was one-eighth of an écu. The type was struck 1791-93 and is known from Paris, Metz, Bordeaux, Bayonne, Marseilles, Nantes and other mints.

Recorded mintage: 4,228,733.

Specification: 5 g, .666 fine silver, 23 mm diameter, this specimen 5,05 g.

Catalog reference: KM 604.1, Dupl. 1721; Ci. 2243; Gad-36.

Source:

  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, 1789-2011, 20me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2011.
  • 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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 132, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2017.

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