France 1792-BB 30 sols

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Ponterio sale 169, lot 10232
France 1792BB 30 sols rev Ponterio 169-10232.jpg

This specimen was lot 10232 in Ponterio sale 169 (Baltimore, November 2012), where it sold for $1,880. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE. 30 Sols, 1792-BB. NGC AU-58. Louis XVI (1774-93). "FRANCAIS". From the Demarete Collection." 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 quarter écu but as it was only .666 fine, it probably traded for less. This date with the king's title as "ROI DES FRANÇAIS" is scarce; the 1792-BB with "ROI DES FRANÇOIS" is common.

Specification: 10 g, .666 fine silver, 28 mm diameter. Engraved by Augustin Dupré.

Recorded mintage: unknown but scarce.

Catalog reference: KM-607.1; Gad-38; cf.Dup-1720.


  • 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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