France 1690-A louis d'or

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Jean Elsen sale 122, lot 868
France 1690A louis rev JElsen 122-868.jpg
This specimen was lot 868 in Jean Elsen sale 122 (Brussels, September 2014), where it sold for €825 (about US$1,264 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AV louis d'or à l'écu, 1690 A, Paris. 1e réformation. Droit: Tête vieillie à droite, coiffée d'une perruque laurée. Revers: Ecu de France couronné. En dessous, étoile et croissant. Nettoyé. Très Beau à Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV (1643-1715), gold louis d'or of the shield of 1690, Paris mint, first reformation. Obverse: laureate, peruked old head to right; reverse: crowned arms of France, star and crescent below. Cleaned, very fine to extremely fine.)"
This specimen is a louis d'or a l'écu, struck at the Paris mint as part of a series of "reformations" that occurred in France during the 1690's and 1700's. The type was struck until 1693 and was superseded by the louis d'or aux 4 L, which was issued 1693-1700. While no gold coins of Louis XIV can be called inexpensive, this period is the most available until the louis d'or aux lunettes of 1726-40.

Recorded mintage: 176,000 plus 1,182,332 "reformed" over older coins.

Specification: 6.75 g, .917 fine gold, reeded edge, designed by J. Roéttiers, this specimen 6.71 g.

Catalog reference: KM 278.1, Dupl., 1435A; Gad-250; Fr-429, Droulers/4 no. 406, Droulers/2 no. 258.


  • 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]Philippe Elsen et al., Vente Publique 122: Collection de monnaies chinoises, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S. A., 2014.

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