France 1690-N louis d'or

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Sincona sale 6, lot 1118
This specimen was lot 1118 in Sincona sale 6 (Zurich, May 2012), where it sold for 2700 CHF (about $3,322 with buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANKREICH Louis XIV. 1643-1715. Louis dor à lécu 1690, Montpellier. Belorbeerter Kopf rechts. Rv. Gekröntes Wappen. Mzz. N. Flan neuf. Sehr selten. Gutes vorzüglich. (France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, louis d'or à l'écu of 1690, Montpellier mint. Obverse: laureate head to right; reverse: crowned arms, mintmark "N," struck on new blank. Very rare, good extremely fine.)"
This type was struck 1690-93 and is the first reasonably common type after the scarce dates of the 1670's and 1680's. Gadoury notes this mint as slightly scarce.

Recorded mintage: unknown, known struck on flans neufs and flans reformées.

Specification: 6.75 g, .917 fine gold, reeded edge, designed by J. Roéttiers; this specimen is 6,75 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 406, Dr/2 no. 258, Dupl. 1435, Fr-429, Gad-250, KM 278.11.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals, Banknotes & Books: Auction 6, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2012.

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