France 1710-D louis d'or

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Jean Elsen sale 134, lot 1705
This specimen was lot 1705 in Jean Elsen sale 134 (Brussels, September 2017), where it sold for €1,350 (about US$1,906 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AV louis d'or au soleil, 1710D, Lyon. D/ T. à d., coiffée d'une perruque laurée. R/ Croix formée de huit L couronnés, cantonnée de quatre lis, avec un soleil en coeur. Rare Le revers légèrement paillé. Très Beau à Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, gold louis of the sunburst of 1710, Lyon mint. Obverse: laureate, peruked bust; reverse: cross formed of eight "L's", four fleurs-de-lys in the quarters, sunburst at the center. Rare, the reverse with planchet laminations, very fine to extremely fine.)"
This louis d'or au soleil was struck 1709-15 in some numbers. It was the last louis of Louis XIV. The obvious 1710/9 overdate is not mentioned in Droulers[2].

Recorded mintage: 3,600[2], a better date.

Specification: 8.15 g, .917 fine gold, 24-26 mm diameter, this specimen 8,13 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 417, Dr/2 no. 278, Dupl. 1449; Gad-256, Fr-444.

Source:

  • [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.
  • 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 134, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2017.

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