France 1713-L 2 louis d'or

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from the Stacks Bowers 2018 ANA sale, lot 20408
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This specimen was lot 20408 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE. 2 Louis d'Or, 1713-L. Bayonne Mint. Louis XIV (1643-1715). NGC AU-55. A VERY RARE double louis d'or au soleil from a type struck 1710-15. Gadoury notes this date as "R4", though none are common. Boldly detailed, this example possesses vibrant color and very few visible handling marks; a few raised die lines and touch of as-struck flan roughness further contribute to the overall character. Our first offering of this type (although it was from a different mint) since our sale of the Kroisos Collection (New York, January 2008 where it hammered for $16,000)." 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: unknown but few[1].

Specification: 16.31 g, .917 fine gold, 29-30 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by Joseph Roéttiers.

Catalog reference: Fr-443; Gad-264; Dupl-1448; Ciani-1810; Dr/5 no. 277, Dr/4 no. 403, Dr/2 no. 277.


  • [1]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.
  • [2]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The August 2018 Philadelphia ANA Auction: World Coins and Selections from the El Dorado Collection of Colombian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.

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