France 1699-A louis d'or

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Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 1301
This specimen was lot 1301 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AV louis d'or aux quatre L, 1699A, Paris. D/ T. âgée à d., coiffée d'une grande perruque laurée. R/ Croix formée de quatre lis couronnés, cantonnée de quatre L. Croissant en fin de légende. Rare Réformé sur un louis d'or à l'écu 1690A. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, gold louis of the four "L's" of 1699, Paris mint. Obverse: laureate and peruked old head right; reverse: cross formed of four crowned lilies cantonned with four "L's". Rare, struck over a louis d'or of 1690-A. Very Fine.)"
This type, known as a louis d'or aux 4 L, was struck 1693-1700, mostly over older coins. Twenty-four mints contributed in 1694. Its original face value was 13 livres which, after various manipulations, was reduced to 12 livres 10 sols tournois.

Recorded mintage: 8,722 fn + unknown rf[2], a better date.

Specification: 6.75 g, .917 fine gold, 24-26 mm diameter, reeded edge, this specimen 6,68 g.

Catalog reference: Fr-433; Dupl-1440A; Gad-252; KM 302.1, Dr/4 no. 412, Dr/2 no. 266.

Source:

  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • [2]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • 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]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 141, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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