France 1788-T 1/2 sol

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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This specimen is a copper demi-sol struck at the Nantes mint in 1788. It is somewhat scarce, being priced by Droulers[1] about 80% more than the common date (1789-N). Its face value was 6 deniers or one half of a sol and was not demonetized in France until 1852. The type was struck 1777-91 and is known from 1784-91 for this mint.

Recorded mintage: unknown but somewhat scarce. 460,000 per the SCWC[2].

Specification: 6.12 g, copper, 24-25 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Benjamin Duvivier.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 893, Dr/2 no. 626, KM 586.14.


  • [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.
  • [2]Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012

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