France 1690-S 2 louis d'or

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Jean Elsen sale 140, lot 705
This specimen was lot 705 in Jean Elsen sale 140 (Brussels, March 2019), where it sold for €7,500 (about US$9,990 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AV double louis d'or à l'écu, 1690S couronné, Troyes. Flan neuf. Tranche cordonnée. D/ T. à d., coiffée d'une perruque laurée. R/ Ecu de France couronné. Extrêmement rare Petit coup et légèrement paillé au droit. Brisure du coin au revers. Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, double louis of the shield of 1690, Troyes mint, new planchet, reeded edge. Obverse: laureate and wigged head left; reverse: crowned arms of France. Extremely rare, tiny scratch and lightly polished on the obverse, die break on the reverse. Extremely Fine.)"
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. The Troyes mint switched to the "V" mintmark after 1693.

Recorded mintage: 2,300, all falns reformées.

Specification: 13.50 g, .917 fine gold; this specimen 13,43 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl-1434; Gad-259 (non répertorié); L4L 242 (non répertorié).

Source:

  • 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]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 140, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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