France 1740-C 2 sols

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Jean Elsen sale 131. lot 914
This coin, called a double sol aux 2 L couronnés, was an attempt by the government to displace all the low grade silver pieces circulating since the time of Louis XIII. It was theoretically equal to 24 deniers but was actually worth much less. Most survivors today are in poor condition. The type was struck 1738-69 and is recorded for the Caen mint ("C") for 1738-52. This specimen was lot 914 in Jean Elsen sale 131 (Brussels, December 2016), where it sold for €130 (about US$163 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), double sol de billon, 1740C, Caen. D/ L couronné, entre trois lis. R/ L cursif et orné, croisé d'un rameau, sous une couronne. Rare. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XV (1715-74), double sol in billon of 1740, Caen mint. Obverse: crowned "L" between three lilies; reverse: ornate script "L", wreath around, crown above. Rare, very fine.)"

Recorded mintage: 597,695 (priced[1] as a common date).

Specification: 2.18 g, .250 fine silver, 21-22 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by J.-C. Röettiers, this specimen 1,23 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl. 1690; Dr/2 no. 595, Dr/4 no. 859.


  • [1]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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • [2]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 131, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2016.

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