France 1790-N louis d'or

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Goldberg sale 75, lot 3119
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This specimen was lot 3119 in Goldberg sale 75 (Los Angeles, September 2013), where it sold for $805. The catalog description[1] noted, "France. Louis d' or, 1790-N (Montpellier). Louis XVI. Bare head left. Reverse: Crown over two square shields. Weak areas in striking. Lustrous. Rare date. Very Fine to Extremely Fine." A rare issue from the Montpellier mint, which closed during the Revolution. The years 1786-87 are common as the mints melted down and reminted old tenor gold, but the later dates (1788-92) are much scarcer.

Recorded mintage: 9,683.

Specification: 7.65 g, .917 fine gold, 22-23 mm diameter, designed by Benjamin Duvivier.

Catalog reference: KM 591.11, Fr. 475, Dr/4 no. 661, Dr/2 no. 605, Gad-361.


  • Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Jason Villareal and Steven Harvey, Goldberg Sale 75: the pre-Long Beach Sale, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2013.

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