France 1710-N 2 louis d'or

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Jean Elsen sale 144, lot 1697
This specimen was lot 1697 in Jean Elsen sale 144 (Brussels, March 2020), where it sold for €5,500 (about US$7,247 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AV double louis d'or au soleil, 1710N, Montpellier. 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. Extrêmement rare. Très Beau à Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis XVI, 1643-1715, double gold louis of the sunburst of 1710, Montpellier mint. Obverse: laureate and peruked bust right; reverse: cross formed of eight "L's" cantonned with four lilies, with a sunburst at the center. Extremely rare, Very Fine - Extremely Fine.)"
This is the last type of double louis struck during the Sun King's life. The type was struck 1710-15 in limited numbers. This is a common date for the type but all dates are scarce.

Recorded mintage: 18,630[2].

Specification: 16.31 g, 0.917 fine gold, 29-30 mm diameter, reeded edge, this specimen 16,25 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 403, Fr-443, Dupl. 1448; Gad-264; L4L 350.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 144, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2020.

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