Two weeks ago Jim Duncan asked,
"Can any of your many contacts provide a reproducible pic of a Monneron 2 Sol pattern piece (that's Hercules / Pyramid)? I'm a collector in NZ who cannot find one on the web..."
I didn't manage to compile responses until now, but Ken Spindler was able to provide an image and much more. Thanks! Here's Ken's response.
I collect French Revolution coins and currency and tokens, I suppose with a specialization in Monneron pieces, since I now own every variety (except another pattern that I've never seen for sale), + contemporary gold- and silver-plated ones (they were used as gifts), and the Monneron medallic pieces, in original bronze and gilt. And a gorgeous specimen proof. Over the years, I've seen many of these for sale, at least by French auction houses. This is a copy of one of several examples from the archives of iNumis:
Constitution, module de deux sols de Monneron à l'Hercule, 1792 Birmingham | iNumis, boutique numismatique
There is also a book specifically on the subject of Les Monnerons:
LES MONNERONS HISTOIRE D UN MONNAYAGE (French Edition): PHILIPPE, BOUCHET: 9782916996240: Amazon.com: Books
There is also a book specializing in the French Revolution token coinage, overall:
Les monnaies de confiance, Monneron, caisse de bonne foi, Lefèvre Lesage, Clémanson, (infonumis.info)
Jim agreed that this is the piece he'd been looking for.
"I have seen another but it lacked the owl and I think it a fraud.
Many thanks for your prompt response."
In post-revolution France the state coffers were empty and the overissuance of paper money caused inflation and led to the disappearance of coinage from commerce. To address the small change shortage, private entrepreneurs put copper coins into circulation. Paris merchants the Monneron brothers contracted to have pieces of 2 and 5 sols made in England by Matthew Boulton.
Thanks, everyone! Interesting piece.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: APRIL 18, 2021 : Monneron 2 Sol Pattern Piece
Wayne Homren, Editor
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