France 1712-D louis d'or

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Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 1354
This specimen was lot 1354 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it sold for €1,600 (about US$2,121 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AV louis d'or au soleil, 1712D, 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 Fines griffes. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, gold louis of the sunburst of 1712, Lyon mint. Obverse: peruked and laureate head right; reverse: cross formed of eight crowned "L's", cantonned with four lilies with a sunburst at the center. 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: 62,143[2], fairly common for the type.

Specification: 8.15 g, .917 fine gold, 24-26 mm diameter, reeded edge, this specimen 8,11 g.

Catalog reference: Gad-256, Dupl. 1449, Fr-444, KM 390.4, Dr/4 no. 417, Dr/2 no. 278.

Source:

  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • [2]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • 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]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 141, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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