France 1690-A 2 louis d'or

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Heritage sale 3030, lot 23543
France 1690A 2 louis dor rev H3030-23543.jpg

This specimen was lot 23543 in Heritage sale 3030 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $5,875. The catalog description[1] noted, "Louis XIV gold 2 Louis d'Or 1690-A, AU58 PCGS, full original mint luster, the obverse features are somewhat crude due to a very late die state. Very scarce type." This double louis d'or à l'écu was the first double Louis to be struck since the double Louis d'or à la méche longue issued in the 1650's. This date is common for the type but the type as a whole is scarce to rare.

Recorded mintage: unknown but scarce.

Specification: 13.50 g, .917 fine gold, reeded edge, designed by J. Roéttiers.

Catalog reference: KM 280.1, Gad-259.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3030, featuring the RLM Collection, the Isaac Rudman Collection, the Hans Cook Collection and the Collection of Donald E. Bently, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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