France 1716-A louis d'or Fr-447

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Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 1382
This specimen was lot 1382 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it sold for €4,800 (about US$6,362 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AV louis d'or aux insignes, 1716A, Paris. Flan neuf. D/ B. enfantin à d., dr. et cuir. R/ Ecu de France rond, couronné, posé sur les insignes royaux. Très rare Légères traces d'ajustage. presque Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, gold louis of the insignia of 1716, Paris mint, new blank. Obverse: draped and armored infant bust right; reverse: crowned round arms of France over the royal insignia. Very rare, traces of adjustment marks, about Extremely Fine.)"
This rare type, the first for Louis XV, was struck 1715-16 only, mostly over louis d'or au soleil of Louis XIV. Droulers notes a very rare variety (Dr/4 no. 794A) with the date under the bust instead of to the right. At the time of issue, this type had a face value of 20 livres tournois. After rising to a value of 60 livres in July 1720, it was demonetized and bought in for 45 livres in September 1720. The type was superseded late in 1716 by the louis d'or de Noailles.

Recorded mintage: 915,870 fn + unknown rf[2].

Specification: 8.15 g, .917 fine gold, reeded edge, this specimen 8,14 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 794, Dr/2 no. 527, Fr-447, Dupl-1628; Gad-334.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 141, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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