France 1701-W louis d'or

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Sincona sale 51, lot 2415
This specimen was lot 2415 in Sincona sale 51 (Zurich, October 2018), where it sold for 925 CHF (about US$1,116 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Louis XIV. 1643-1715. Louis dor aux huit L et aux insignes 1701 W, Lille. Réformation. Vorzüglich. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, louis d'or of the eight L's and insignia of 1701, Lille mint. Reformed. Extremely fine.)"
Droulers[2] calls this type a louis d'or aux 8 L et aux insignes (gold 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.

Recorded mintage: 50,837 fn + 5,840 rf[2].

Specification: 6.75 g, .917 fine gold, this specimen 6.73 g.

Catalog reference: Gadoury 253, Duplessy 1443A. Fr-436, Dr/4 no. 414, Dr/2 no. 270, KM 334.24.


  • [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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 51: Gold and Silver Coins and Medals; Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2018.

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