France 1721-A louis d'or

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Sincona sale 46, lot 354
This specimen was lot 354 in Sincona sale 46 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 1,600 CHF (about US$1,920 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Frankreich, Louis XV. 1715-1774. Louis dor aux deux L 1721 A, Paris. Sehr schön. Leicht berieben. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, louis d'or of the two L's, Paris mint. Very fine, Slightly polished.)"
This type was struck 1720-23 from twenty-seven mints but is very rare, as evidenced by the price realized for this specimen in damaged condition. This type was superseded by the louis d'or Mirliton, palmes longues, struck 1723-25. That coin in turn was superseded by the louis d'or aux lunettes, struck 1726-40.

Reported Mintage: 927,239 on new blanks plus unknown "reformed".

Specification: 9.79 g, .917 fine, 24-26 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by J. Roéttiers; this specimen 9.70 g.

Catalog reference: Gadoury 337. Fr-456, Dr/4 no. 797, Dr/2 no. 534.


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  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Auction 46, Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2018.

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