France 1691-D louis d'or

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Heritage sale 3010, lot 20868
France 1691D louis dor rev Heritage 3010-20868.jpg

This specimen was lot 20868 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $1,840. The catalog description[1] noted, "Louis XIIII gold Louis d'Or 1691D, MS61 NGC, Lyon, fully lustrous and crisply struck, an attractive coin which could easier have been graded higher." Droulers[2] calls this type louis d'or à l'écu (louis of the shield). This louis d'or à l'écu was struck 1690-93. This type is usually found struck over older coins, a process involving all French silver and gold coinage during 1690-1709. These "reformations" were the result of financial manipulations too tedious to discuss here. The louis d'or à l'écu was succeeded by the louis d'or aux 4 L struck 1693-1700. Both these types are the first somewhat common gold coins since the 1640's but all are expensive relative to the silver écus. Droulers[2] catalogs this date as common.

Recorded mintage: 178,031 "flans neufs" plus 362,492 "flans reformés".

Specification: 6.75 g, .917 fine gold, reeded edge, 24-26 mm diameter, designed by Joseph Roéttiers.

Catalog reference: KM 278.3, Dr/4 no. 406, Dr/2 no. 258.

Source:

  • [2]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]Tucker, Warren, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.

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