France 1692-A 2 louis d'or

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Jean Elsen sale 122, lot 870
France 1692A 2 louis rev JElsen 122-870.jpg
This specimen was lot 870 in Jean Elsen sale 122 (Brussels, September 2014), where it sold for €3,800 (about US$5,820 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AV double louis d'or à l'écu, 1692 A, Paris. Flan neuf. Tranche cordonnée. Droit: Tête à droite, coiffée d'une perruque laurée. Revers: Ecu de France couronné. Provient de Auktiones AG, vente 15, Bâle, 18-19 septembre 1985, 994. Rare. Le type à l'écu est le seul parmi les monnaies d'or françaises sur lequel figure la légende SIT NOMEN DOMINI BENEDICTVM, normalement réservée aux monnaies d'argent. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV (1643-1715), gold double louis d'or of the shield of 1692. Paris mint, new flan, reeded edge. Obverse: laureate, peruked old head to right; reverse: crowned arms of France. From Auktion AG, sale 15, Basel, September 1985, lot 995. Rare, very fine. This is the only gold coin bearing the legend SIT NOMEN DOMINI BENEDICTVM normally used on the silver coinage.)"
This double louis d'or à l'écu was the first double Louis to be struck since the double louis d'or à la méche longue issued in the 1650's. This date is somewhat common for the type but the type as a whole is scarce to rare.

Recorded mintage: 42,202 "flans neufs".

Specification: 13.50 g, .917 fine gold, reeded edge, 28-30 mm diameter, designed by Joseph Roéttiers, this specimen 13,39 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl., 1434; Gad-259; Fr-428, Dr/4 no. 398, Dr/2 no. 256.

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]Philippe Elsen et al., Vente Publique 122: Collection de monnaies chinoises, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S. A., 2014.

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