1781A US Colonial 2 Sous Billon Silver Vlack382 Rarity6

1781A US Colonial 2 Sous Billon Silver Vlack382 Rarity6

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1781A US Colonial 2 Sous Billon Silver Vlack382 Rarity6

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1781A US Colonial 2 Sous Billon Silver Vlack382 Rarity6

1781 A Paris Mint King Louis XVI US Colonial New France including Louisiana Territory 2 Sous Billon Silver.  Struck initially for Guyane which is the French name for French Guiana. 

Weight is 1.68 grams and dimater is 22 or23mm. Victor Gadoury in his Monnaies Coloniales Francaises1670-1988, page 212. lists a weight of 1.90 grams when stuck in billon silver of approximately 20.8% fine.  Gadoury lists no mintage figure for this date, but does price this 1781A issue at about 250% of the value of the more common 1789A which you usually see.

Vlack#382, a Rarity-6 compared with the 1782A and 1789A both Rarity-1 on page 143 of An Illustrated Catalogue of the French Billon Coinage in the Americas.

Many of these 2 Sous were struck over French Colonial Sou Marques, which are listed on pages 50 and 51 in the 2010 Redbook.

Vlack states that he includes the 2 Sous coinage in his book because of the Paris Mint using the older Sous Marques as undertypes or host coins.

This example shows traces of the billon silver in the crevices near the devices and legends on both obverse and reverse.  Over 95% of the 2 Sous I examine show only copper, with no trace of billon silver.

This coin is high grade, but may have been cleaned or polished long ago.

Trade between the West Indies with France, New France ie Louisiana Territory and Canada, the 13 American Colonies, the British, the Spanish, and the Dutch all involved rum, molasses, slaves, and other cargo/commodities.

If you are a romantic, you may include pirates of the Caribbean.

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  • _20493878287
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  • 1
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  • Coins & Currency
  • Department
  • Collectibles
  • Year
  • 1781
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  • Condition
  • circulated New France Colonies

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