France 1690-P louis d'or

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Goldberg sale 91, lot 2243
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This specimen was lot 2243 in Goldberg sale 91 (Los Angeles, June 2016), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "France. Louis d'or, 1690-P (Dijon) Almost Unc to Unc. Louis XIV. Type "a' l' ecu". Old laureate head with long hair. Reverse: Crowned arms of France. Sign of being over stuck on earlier type. Small pockets in the legend and shield show signs of being struck from rusty or a deteriorated die. Considerable original mint fresh luster with good eye appeal. Choice Almost Uncirculated to Uncirculated." This specimen is a louis d'or a l'écu, struck at the Dijon 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a series of "reformations" that occurred in France during the 1690's and 1700's. The type was struck until 1693 and was superseded by the louis d'or aux 4 L, which was issued 1693-1700.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: 55,240 plus 29,450 "reformed" over older coins.

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

Catalog reference: KM 278.13, 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]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 91: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2016.

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