1723-Q [Perpignan Mint] John Law Half Sol.

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1723-Q [Perpignan Mint] John Law Half Sol.
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This item SOLD at 2019 May 02 @ 19:20UTC-4 : AST/EDT

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1723-Q [Perpignan Mint] John Law Half Sol. Very Fine for the issue, the Perpignan Mint pieces are almost always horribly struck and on low quality copper planchets. The Perpignan issues also have the greatest variety in terms of punctuation and placement of engraver and mint director’s marks. The present example is unusual in that it is at least TRIPLE struck, with perhaps four or more actual strikes; this most visible on the reverse where three dates can be seen. The legends are off the planchet at the lower right of either side, the remaining letters mostly strong. No punctuation visible in the legends that are on the planchet, and with the engraver’s mark at the end of the obverse legend. Struck in a distinctly brassy planchet which is typical for the Perpignan issues, some light scratches on the obverse, but the surfaces hard and overall with a dramatic look due to the multiple strikes. The Perpignan Mint was the only one to strike the exceedingly rare 1717-dated 6 and 12 Deniers coins, which were halted due to the abysmal quality of the copper planchets they used. Perpignan struck no copper coins for half a decade until it struck the 1722 Sols (offered later), and the Half Sous beginning a year later. It is likely that the poor quality copper found on most of the John Law issues from this mint, especially on the Half Sols, is from the same copper that struck the 1717-dated issues. Indeed, one of the 1717-Q 6 Deniers illustrated in the Appendix of Syd Martin’s book (its status uncertain) on the series shows the exact type of irregular planchet found on the Perpignan Half Sols so it could have been not just the same copper, but the exact same planchets used, another link between the John Law issues and North America!