France 1702-D 2 louis d'or

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Ponterio sale 168, lot 40098
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 40098 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $2,820. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. 2 Louis d'or, 1702-D. NGC XF Details--Rim Filing. Louis XIV (1643-1715)." This type, called a double louis d'or aux 8 L et aux insignes was issued 1700-04 on new and "reformed" blanks and like all double louis before the 1740's, is rare. 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.

Recorded mintage: unknown but common for the type.

Specification: 13.350 g, .917 fine gold, designed by Joseph Roéttiers.

Catalog reference: Fr-435; KM-335.5; Gad-261; Dup-1442a; DFW-289.


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  • 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.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.

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