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France Louis XVI 15 Sols (1/8 Ecu)  1791 to 1793
France Louis XVI 15 Sols (1/8 Ecu) 1791 to 1793

What an appealing design! A beautiful renaissance bust of King Louis XVI on the obverse, and a standing Genius writing the constitution on the reverse.

It is historically interesting that this coin features both Louis XVI and a reference to the French Constitution of 1791, was written after the collapse of the absolute monarchy. The Genius on the reverse represents the spirit of the republic. France was not officially declared a republic before Louis XVI was imprisoned in August of 1792, and finally stripped of his royal title on September 21st of the same year. Still, he was the reigning monarch at the time that this coin was struck, even if the republic was blooming, and as such his likeness is featured on the obverse.

Catalog values are quite nice for some issues, but they vary a lot according to the mint mark, which is found to the right of the pedestal on the reverse, just below the word 'Sols'.

MINT MARK 'A':
worn: $6 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $50
well preserved: $140
fully uncirculated: $300

MINT MARK 'B':
worn: $12
average circulated: $100
well preserved: $250

MINT MARK 'D':
worn: $8
average circulated: $65
well preserved: $200

MINT MARK 'H':
worn: $8
average circulated: $60
well preserved: $170

MINT MARK 'I':
worn: $5
average circulated: $38
well preserved: $90
fully uncirculated: $200

MINT MARK 'K':
worn: $12
average circulated: $100
well preserved: $150

MINT MARK 'M':
worn: $10
average circulated: $70
well preserved: $175

MINT MARK 'MA':
worn: $12
average circulated: $95
well preserved: $225

MINT MARK 'N', 'Q' and 'R'
worn: $10
average circulated: $70
well preserved: $175
for coins dated 1791Q multiply the above values by 2.5

MINT MARK 'T':
worn: $12
average circulated: $95
well preserved: $240

MINT MARK 'W':
worn: $6
average circulated: $50
well preserved: $140

MINT MARK 'COW':
worn: $15
average circulated: $100
well preserved: $270
For coins dated 1793 with a cow mint mark, add $75 for avg. circulated coins, and add $200 for well preserved coins

MINT MARK 'AA':
worn: $15
average circulated: $100
well preserved: $300
fully uncirculated: $660

MINT MARK 'BB':
worn: $12
average circulated: $100
well preserved: $300

Damaged coins will be worth two or three dollars. Check out our Important Terminology page found on the top left in order to properly interpret these catalog values.

Coin: 16473 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: Janet, Mon, 03-Feb-2014 18:25:12 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Tue, 04-Feb-2014 20:22:21 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Thu, 21-Jan-2016 02:49:22 GMT
Requester description: 1791 Des Francois 1791 Louis XVI Roi Regne De La Loi 15 Sol Lan De La Liberie There are other symbols - a lion below Louis' head ont eh front side, and a fleur de lis (?) on the reverse. The coin is worn, but not too dirty.
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