France 1694-D 2 louis d'or

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from the Stack's Bowers 2019 ANA sale, lot 20441
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This specimen was lot 20441 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Chicago, August 2019), where it sold for $3,600. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. 2 Louis d'Or, 1694-D. Lyon Mint. Louis XIV. PCGS AU-55 Gold Shield. 13.30 gms. VERY SCARCE issue, tied with one other example as finest certified at PCGS. 4 cruciform L's on the reverse. Good strike displaying a nicely detailed image of Louis XIV. Attractive luster with just a light veneer of tone. From the Dr. Morgan Collection." This type was struck 1693-1700 and is probably the most common double louis d'or of Louis XIV but it is still rare. This date is priced about 10% more than the commonest date (1694-A).

Reported Mintage: 36,669 on "reformed" blanks.

Specification: 13.50 g, .917 fine gold, reeded edge, 28-30 mm diameter, designed by J. Roéttiers.

Catalog reference: Gadoury 260. KM-303.6; Fr-432, Dupl-1439A; Ci., 1800; KM 554.1, Dr/4 no. 399, Dr/2 no. 265.


  • 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]Orsini, Matt, Richard Ponterio and Kyle Ponterio, The August 2019 Chicago ANA Auction: World Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2019.

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