1740-M Billon Sous Marques. Vlack 144. Rarity-8.

Currency:CAD Category:Coins & Paper Money Start Price:100.00 CAD Estimated At:250.00 - 300.00 CAD
1740-M Billon Sous Marques.  Vlack 144.  Rarity-8.

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M – Toulouse Mint - 1740-M Billon Sous Marques. Vlack 144. Rarity-8. This is the Vlack collection coin, and appeared as Lot 5172 in the Stack’s sale of his collection, described there as: “Good to Very Good. Extremely rare. This is a very tough date to acquire despite the mintage figure which would suggest otherwise. Experience shows a 1740-M sou marque is a next to impossible coin to own, as are virtually all of Toulouse’s sou marques. The Ford collection lacked any example from this mint. This piece is very rough in appearance and has been cleaned to ensure the attribution was correct.” That cleaning has toned down in the decade since the auction, and we note that the legends are mostly full, a few stray letters lost in BENEDICTUM, the date strong, the mintmark less sharp but visible. When this is the nicest example (or, likely, the only example) that the preeminent collector of these was able to acquire it says a lot about rarity indeed. Accompanied by Vlack’s original typed envelope and the lot ticket from the sale of his collection.