France 1793-AA sol

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from Sincona sale 11, lot 1386
This specimen was lot 1386 in Sincona sale 11 (Zurich, May 2013), where it sold for 475 CHF (about US$588 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANKREICH Convention, 1793-1795. Sol 1793, Metz. Schrötlingsriss. Vorzüglich. (France, Convention, 1793-95, sol of 1793, Metz mint. Planchet crack, extremely fine.)"
This coin was minted at Metz, France, during the throes of the Revolution. 1793 was the year the king was tried and executed. Amid the chaos, large quantities of these copper sols were issued, along with six and twelve deniers (¼ and ½ sols). The 1791-93 issues bear the bust of the king but his ouster forced the removal of his portrait. The obverse shows the tablet of the law with the motto, "LES HOMMES SONT EGAUX DEVANT LA LOI," (all men are equal before the law) and the reverse shows the balnce scales of justice. This type was hurriedly and crudely made and is rarely found better than VG.

Recorded mintage: unknown but common in low grade.

Specification: bronze or brass. This specimen is 1.05 g (sic).

Catalog reference: Gadoury 19, KM 619.2.


  • [2]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals & Banknotes, Auction 11, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2013.

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