France 1690-D 1/2 louis d'or

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Sincona sale 46, lot 344
This specimen was lot 344 in Sincona sale 46 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 1,000 CHF (about US$1,200 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Frankreich, Louis XIV. 1643-1715. 1/2 Louis dor à lécu 1690 D, Lyon. Réformation. Gutes sehr schön. Kleine Kratzer. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, half louis d'or of the shield of 1690, Lyon mint, reformed. Good very fine, Small scratches.)"
The demi-louis d'or is much scarcer than its larger brother, tho this type, the demi-louis d'or à l'écu, turns up occasionally. It was issued 1690-1693.

Reported Mintage: 41,600 on new blanks plus 38,016 "reformed", fairly common for the type.

Specification: 3.37 g, .917 fine gold, 20-21 mm diameter; this specimen 3.34 g.

Catalog reference: Gadoury 239. Fr-430, KM 277.4, Dr/4 no. 418, Dr/2 no. 262.


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  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
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  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
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  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Auction 46, Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2018.

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