France 1691-A 4 sols

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Stack's Bowers 2020 ANA sale, lot 22549

This specimen was lot 22549 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Las Vegas, August 2020), where it sold for $75. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. 4 Sols 2 Deniers, 1691-A. Paris Mint. Louis XIV. NGC VF-30. Struck over another type, with even wear and dark gray tone. One scuff noted on the bust." The specimen shown is a four sols aux deux L struck in Paris during the reign of Louis XIV of France. This type was struck 1691-1700 in large quantities, mostly overstriking older 4 sols de Traitants of 1674-77 ("flans reformés")[2]. It is reported from Paris for 1691-99. The denomination was not struck again during Louis XIV's reign, but in the ten year period of issue over 120 million were made, many by private contractors, which perhaps accounts for the crude strike shown on many examples.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 1.63 g, 0.833 fine silver, 19-20 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM-281.1; Gad-106, Dr/4 no. 756, Dr/2 no. 460.


  • [2]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.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Orsini, Matt, Richard Ponterio and Kyle Ponterio, The August 2020 ANA Auction: World Coins, featuring the Duke of Lansing Collection, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2020.

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