France 1712-9 louis d'or

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Jean Elsen sale 144, lot 1698
This specimen was lot 1698 in Jean Elsen sale 144 (Brussels, March 2020), where it sold for €1,400 (about US$1,845 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AV louis d'or au soleil, 17129, Rennes. 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. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XVI, 1643-1715, gold louis of the sunburst of 1712, Rennes mint. Obverse: laureate and peruked bust right; reverse: cross formed of eight "L's" cantonned with four lilies, with a sunburst at the center. Rare, Very Fine.)"
This type was struck 1709-15 in some numbers but it is scarce today. It was the last louis of Louis XIV. Its initial face value was 16 livres 10 sols tournois, later increased to 20 livres.

Recorded mintage: 28,080, reported not confirmed[2].

Specification: 8.15 g, .917 fine gold, 24-26 mm diameter, reeded edge, this specimen 7,96 g.

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

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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