1738-Y Billon Sous Marques. Vlack 217. Rarity-8.

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1738-Y Billon Sous Marques.  Vlack 217.  Rarity-8.

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Y – Bourges Mint - 1738-Y Billon Sous Marques. Vlack 217. Rarity-8. Fine overall, detail easily of the VF level in most places, the surfaces uniformly rough, likely from burial at some point. The peripheral legends are full, the letters mostly strong, as are the date and mintmark. The upper part of the obverse and middle of the reverse designs are a bit weaker than the rest but can be made out. Medium golden hue, darker in the legends and with some light patination along with the surface roughness, but overall a respectable example of an extremely rare mint and variety. The Vlack book lists four known varieties (and one year that was reportedly minted but unknown today), and all are listed as full Rarity-8. In his introduction to that section Vlack states that only 5 examples – of all years combined! – were known when he wrote his book; a few more have since been found, but the mint remains quite rare and, along with Bayonne, Perpignan and Pau, one of the most difficult to find ANY example from. Indeed, there were no examples from this mint at all in the Ford collection, and this year was notably missing from the Vlack collection as well. Few from this mint are known in anything near nice condition, and this may be the best the collector can hope to obtain anytime soon.