1694-D [Lyon Mint] Recoined Sol de 15 Deniers, Gadoury 91.

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1694-D [Lyon Mint] Recoined Sol de 15 Deniers, Gadoury 91.
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1694-D [Lyon Mint] Recoined Sol de 15 Deniers, Gadoury 91. Very Fine, overstruck on an earlier, large coin – but NOT over a French douzain! This example is overstruck on a 1622 Batzen from the Swiss canton of Bern, the undertype attributed as Krause-Mishler 15. An amazing coin, the host coin larger than the dies for the French sol, with much of the legends still visible, including the date. The legend of the host coin reads MONENOREIPV BERNENSIS 1622 (New coin from the city of Bern) and the reverse reads +BERCHT·DVX·ZERIN·FVNDATOR (Berthold, Duke of Zähringen, founder). While the obverse features a shield that is at least similar at first glance to the French issues, the reverse has a double-headed eagle that would be immediately recognizable as something definitely not French; traces of this eagle can be seen in the reverse fields. While some of the earlier 1640 countermarks were done on pieces not produced in France (including papal douzains and Spanish Netherlands patards), the vast majority Recoined Sols thus far have been only found struck over earlier French coins or on virgin planchet stock. Tellingly, while the Batzen was struck early enough to have been a host coin for the 1640 countermarks, none were used as such. The present example is extremely rare as an overstrike on a Swiss coin, and is one of only a handful of Recoined Sols known overstruck on anything other than an earlier French douzain – but check out the 1694-H and 1696-A examples offered below for a different foreign coin undertype, and another over a different Swiss canton issue. Highly important, and really irreplaceable!