France 1791-W 15 sols

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Ponterio sale 169, lot 10229
France 1791W 15 sols rev Ponterio 169-10229.jpg

This specimen was lot 10226 in Ponterio sale 169 (Baltimore, November 2012), where it sold for $382. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE. 15 Sol, 1791-W. Lille Mint. PCGS MS-62 Secure Holder. Lustrous, pale golden toning. Planchet crack at 6 o'clock. From the Katherine Gordon Kron Collection of Revolutionary Coins and Currency." This specimen is one of a type struck 1791-93 during the early stages of the French Revolution before the trial and execution of the king. It was theoretically worth one-eighth écu but as it was only .666 fine, it probably traded for less. This date is common.

Specification: 5 g, .666 fine silver, 23 mm diameter. Engraved by Augustin Dupré.

Recorded mintage: 169,565 (first semester) plus 61,100 (second semester).

Catalog reference: Gad-36; KM-604.14; VG-164.


  • 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.
  • [2]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 169: The November 2012 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2012.

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