France 1691-9 1/2 louis d'or

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Jean Elsen sale 139, lot 872
This specimen was lot 872 in Jean Elsen sale 139 (Brussels, December 2018), where it sold for €950 (about US$1,268 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AV demi-louis d'or à l'écu, 16919, Rennes. 1e réformation. D/ T. à d., coiffée d'une perruque laurée. R/ Ecu de France couronné. Rare Fines griffes. Beau à Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, gold half louis of the shield of 1691, Rennes mint, first reformation. Obverse: laureate and peruked head right; reverse: crowned arms of France. Rare, fine scratches, Fine - Very Fine.)"
The demi-louis d'or is much scarcer than its larger brother, tho this type, the demi-louis d'or a l'écu, turns up occasionally. It was issued 1690-1693.

Recorded mintage: 31,608, all flans reformées.

Specification: 3.37 g, .917 fine gold, 20-21 mm diameter, this specimen 3,32 g.

Catalog reference: Gad-239, Duplessy 1436A. Fr-430. KM 277.18, Dr/4 no. 418, Dr/2 no. 262.

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 139, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2018.

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