France 1701-A louis d'or

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from Sincona sale 11. lot 1319
This specimen was lot 1319 in Sincona sale 11 (Zurich, May 2013), where it sold for 1,000 CHF (about US$1,238 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANKREICH Louis XIV. 1643-1715. Louis d'or aux 8 L et aux insignes 1701, Paris. Réformation. Fast vorzüglich-vorzüglich. (France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, louis d'or of the eight L's and insignia of 1701, Paris mint. Extremely fine.)"
Droulers[2] calls this type louis d'or aux 8 L et aux insignes (louis with 8 L's and insignia). 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 aux 8 L, struck 1700-04, was succeeded by the louis d'or aux insignes struck 1704-09. This is a common date for the type.

Recorded mintage: 50,316 new plus 121,273 reformed[2].

Specification: 6.75 g, .917 fine gold, reeded edge, 24-26 mm diameter, designed by Joseph Roéttiers. This specimen is 6.68 g.

Catalog reference: Duplessy 1443A. Fr-436, Dr/4 no. 414, Dr/2 no. 270.


  • [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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Guilloteau, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, Colonies 1670-1942 et Metropole 1774-1942, Versailles, 1942.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals & Banknotes, Auction 11, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2013.

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