France 1656-AR louis d'or

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Jean Elsen sale 137, lot 998
This specimen was lot 998 in Jean Elsen sale 137 (Brussels, June 2018), where it sold for €1,400 (about US$1,948 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AV louis d'or à la mèche longue, 1656, Arras (AR et rat). D/ T. enfantine laurée à d. R/ Croix formée de huit L couronnés, cantonnée de quatre lis. Rare Légère faiblesse de frappe sur le bord. Très Beau à Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, gold louis of the long lock of 1656, Arras mint. Obverse" laureate infant head to right; reverse: cross formed of eight crowned "L's", cantonned with four lilies. Rare, slightly weakly struck on the edge, Very fine to extremely fine.)"
The louis d'or à la mèche longue, struck 1646-59 at numerous mints, is among the more available louis d'or of Louis XIV. The mint at Arras, which closed in 1656, was peculiar in placing the mintmark "AR" on the obverse and the mint master's privy mark (the rat) on the reverse where other mints placed the mint letter. This oddity, plus the low mintages emanating from this locale, earn this coin a substantial premium over the common Paris mint issue.

Recorded mintage: 1,432[1].

Specification: 6.75 g, .917 fine gold, designed by Jean Warin, this specimen 6,65 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl-1422; Gad-245; Fr-415, Dr/4 no. 345, Dr/2 no. 216.

Source:

  • [1]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [2]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 137, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2018.

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