France 1712-A 2 louis d'or

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from Sincona sale 11, lot 1325
This specimen was lot 1325 in Sincona sale 11 (Zurich, May 2013), where it sold for 4,200 CHF (about US$5,200 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANKREICH Louis XIV. 1643-1715. 2 Louis d'or au soleil 1712, Paris. Fassungssp. u. Kr. Fast vorzüg­lich-vorzüglich. (France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, double louis d'or of the sun of 1712, Paris mint. Mounted, 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: 143,760[2].

Specification: 16.31 g, .917 fine gold, 29-30 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by Joseph Roëttiers. This specimen is 16.26 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 403, Dr/2 no. 277, Duplessy 1448. Fr-443.


  • [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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • 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]Numismatic Coins, Medals & Banknotes, Auction 11, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2013.

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