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    1755-A (Paris Mint) Sou Marque AU 55 PCGS. Breen-411. The coinage of the French colonies in America fall into several distinct classes. According to Breen, the issues that were struck in France for export to the colonies comprise Class Three. The sou marque (also known as the double sol, sol en billon, or 24 deniers) was authorized by the Edict of October 1, 1738. Issues were produced at various mints from 1738-1764, the later dates from Paris being the most common. Following the Treaty of Paris that ended the Seven Years War (French & Indian War), France ceded Canada to the United Kingdom. The British Ordinance of September 14, 1764 devalued the sou marque down to a farthing, but the coins retained their original value in the Louisiana Territory. Some scholars believe that examples circulated in the latter territory long after the British conquest of Canada.
    In as much as the A mintmark is well formed with a crossbar, the present example appears to be an original instead of a circulating counterfeit. Both sides retain considerable silver wash and bold overall definition. The obverse was overstruck on another sou marque that was rotated nearly 90 degrees counterclockwise. The undertype is clearly evident to the naked eye. The reverse, on the other hand, does not appear to have been overstruck. We believe that this planchet was struck once on the obverse, but another planchet intervened and prevented the reverse from being struck. The error was realized, the planchet was fed back into the press, and the coin was struck again. There are no individually mentionable post-production anomalies. An interesting and historically significant issue that is listed on page 31 of the current Guide Book.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2AUG, PCGS# 232)

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