France 1691-G louis d'or

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Sincona sale 46, lot 345
This specimen was lot 345 in Sincona sale 46 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 1,200 CHF (about US$1,440 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Frankreich, Louis XIV. 1643-1715. Louis dor à lécu 1691 G, Poitiers. Réformation. Gutes sehr schön. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, louis d'or of the shield of 1691, Poitiers mint, reformed. Good very fine.)"
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.

Reported Mintage: 302 on new blanks plus 59,131 "reformed". A better date but not rare.

Specification: 6.75 g, .917 fine gold, plain edge, designed by J. Roéttiers; this specimen 6.72 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 406, Dr/2 no. 258, Fr-429; KM-278.8, Gadoury 250.

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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Auction 46, Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2018.

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