France 1690-X 1/2 louis d'or

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from Jean Elsen sale 132, lot 774
This specimen was lot 774 in Jean Elsen sale 132 (Brussels, March 2017), where it sold for €1,200 (about US$1,520 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AV demi-louis d'or à l'écu, 1690X, Amiens. 1e réformation. D/ T. vieillie à d., coiffée d'une perruque laurée. R/ Ecu de France couronné. Rare Fines griffes. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV (1643-1715), gold half louis d'or of the shield of 1690, Amiens mint, first reformation. Obverse: Old head to right, wearing wig and laurel wreath; reverse: crowned arms of France. Rare, fine scratches, Very Fine.)"
The demi-louis d'or is much scarcer than its larger sister, tho this type, the demi-louis d'or a l'écu, turns up occasionally. It was issued 1690-1693.

Recorded mintage: unknown (all restruck over earlier types). Droulers lists this date as "reported, not confirmed."

Specification: 3.37 g, .917 fine gold, 20-21 mm diameter, this specimen 3,30 g.

Catalog reference: KM 277, Dr/4 no. 418, Dr/2 no. 262, Dupl. 1436A; Gad-239.

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 132, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2017.

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