France 1691-A 1/2 louis d'or

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Sincona sale 43, lot 3312
This specimen was lot 3312 in Sincona sale 43 (Zurich, October 2017), where it sold for 800 CHF (about US$955 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Kingdom, Louis XIV. 1643-1715 1/2 Louis dor à lecu 1691 A. Paris Réformation. Sehr schön. Überprägungsspuren. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, demi-louis of the shield of 1691, Paris mint, reformed. Very fine, Overstruck.)"
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: 287,693 rf.

Specification: 3.37 g, .917 fine gold, 20-21 mm diameter, this specimen 3.30 g.

Catalog reference: Duplessy 1436A. Gadoury 239, Fr-430. KM 277.1, Dr/4 no. 418, Dr/2 no. 262.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • 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.
  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Sincona sale 43, Gold and Silver Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.

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