1743-M Billon Sous Marques. Vlack 147. Rarity-8.

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1743-M Billon Sous Marques.  Vlack 147.  Rarity-8.

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M – Toulouse Mint - 1743-M Billon Sous Marques. Vlack 147. Rarity-8. Fine/Very Good, the reverse weaker than the obverse, as struck. Somewhat indifferently struck, the obverse legend missing SIT and much of the inner letters of BENEDICTUM, the mintmark bold, the date weaker, but visible, and the crowned L design sharp. The reverse is weaker, with just ET NAV strong and traces of other letters visible, the central design weak but at least partially visible. Light gray, much of it toned down original silvering. The surfaces lightly rough, and with a few planchet flaws, the largest where the left fleur-de-lys would be on the reverse. The collector holding out for a choice Toulouse Mint Sous will likely be left waiting – the few examples that have survived seem to be in nearly all in lower grades. We note that the weakness on this coin is the same as seen on the Vlack collection piece, so the mint was certainly turning out poor quality product in this, the next-to-last year it minted Sous.