France 1783-A 1/2 sol

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Ponterio sale 158, lot 931
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates

An demi-sol a l'écu of the Paris mint, struck during the reign of Louis XVI (1774-93). Droulers[1] notes the type as common but the date as rather scarce. The type was issued 1777-91. This specimen was lot 931 in Ponterio sale 158 (New York, January 2011), where it sold for $690. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE. 1/2 Sol, 1783-A. Louis XVI (1774-93). NGC MS-64 BN."

Recorded mintage: unknown but a better date.

Specification: 6.11 g, copper, 24-25 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Benjamin Duvivier.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 893, Dr/2 no. 626, KM-586.1; Gad-349.


  • [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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [2]Ponterio, Richard, and Kent Ponterio, Ponterio sale 158: The 2011 N.Y.I.N.C. Auction, Irvine: Bowers and Merena, 2010.

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