France 1653-AR louis d'or

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Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 1227
This specimen was lot 1227 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it sold for €850 (about US$1,127 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AV louis d'or à la mèche longue, 1653, Arras (AR et rat). D/ T. enfantine laurée à d. R/ Croix formée de huit L couronnés, cantonnée de quatre lis. Double frappe au droit. presque Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, gold louis of the long lock of 1653, Arras mint. Obverse: laureate head right; reverse: cross formed of eight crowned "L's", cantonned with four lilies. Double struck on obverse, about Very Fine.)"
This louis d'or à la mèche longue, struck at the Arras mint 1646-56, is among the more available louis of Louis XIV. It is still an expensive coin.

Recorded mintage: 600, a scarce date.

Specification: 6.75 g, .917 fine gold, plain edge, designed by Jean Warin, this specimen 6,62 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 345, Dr/2 no. 216, Dupl-1422; Gad-245, KM 157.4.

Source:

  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • 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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 141, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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