France 1704-A louis d'or Fr-439

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Sincona sale 46, lot 350
This specimen was lot 350 in Sincona sale 46 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 1,000 CHF (about US$1,200 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Frankreich, Louis XIV. 1643-1715. Louis dor aux insignes 1704 A, Paris. Réformation. Gutes sehr schön. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, louis d'or of the insignia of 1704, Paris mint. Good very fine.)"
Droulers notes three types of louis d'or for 1704: Dr/4 no. 414 (the prior louis d'or aux 8 L et aux insignes), rare; Dr/4 no. 415 (louis d'or aux insignes et aux cheveux longs), a scarce transitional type; and Dr/4 no. 416 (louis d'or aux insignes et aux cheveux courts, type définitif, shown here). 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.

Reported Mintage: 597,502; all known specimens are "reformed".

Specification: 6.75 g, .917 fine gold, reeded edge, designed by J. Roéttiers; this specimen 6.69 g.

Catalog reference: Gadoury 254. Fr-439, Dr/4 no. 416.


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  • 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]Richter, Jürg, Auction 46, Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2018.

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