France 1/2 and 1 Sol  1720 to 1724
France 1/2 and 1 Sol 1720 to 1724

It is always a little difficult, Marcy, to reliably identify old French coins like yours. There are many, many varieties and they pretty much look alike and have similar inscriptions. If we got this one right, you have a sol or half sol from Louis XV, King of France and Navarre. Navarre is a region on the border between France and Spain.

To be valuable, these coins must be in decent shape. The coin in our picture comes from Alain Cheilan, a respected coin dealer in Toulon, France. Alain's coin is in good condition compared to most that you see. He is selling it for 150 euros, about $200 US dollars. Were he to buy it from you, he would probably pay about $100, using the 100 percent mark-up to keep his dealership solvent.

CoinQuest thanks Alain Cheilan for use of this coin image. It's a beauty!

Here is what the catalogs say for 1/2 and 1 sols in this series:

1/2 SOL (24 mm diameter)
worn: $2 US dollars catalog value
average circulated: $20
well preserved: $100

1 SOL (30 mm diameter)
worn: $5 US dollars catalog value
average circulated: $35
well preserved: $140

Be sure you understand what 'catalog value' means. Use our Terminology page for this purpose.

Coin: 5136 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: marcy, Sat, 07-Aug-2010 03:08:54 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Thu, 26-Jun-2014 20:09:34 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Sat, 05-Sep-2015 00:08:00 GMT
Requester description: 1720 Bust on front head facing right long hair pom pom top Inscription reads ludovicus.xv.dei g (can't make out rest) back of coin, shield with crown on top inside shield 3 cross looking marks, crown has cross on very top with date above 1720. written around edge is, on left side of date navaka rex right side of date is,franciaet
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