France 1724-H louis d'or

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Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 1418
This specimen was lot 1418 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it sold for €1,300 (about US$1,723 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AV louis d'or mirliton, 1724H, La Rochelle. Aux palmes longues. D/ T. laurée à d. R/ Deux L entrelacés sous une couronne, entre deux palmes. Rare Légères traces d'ajustage. presque Superbe. Provient de notre vente 54, 15 juin 1998, 814. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, gold louis mirliton of 1724, La Rochelle mint, with long palm fronds. Obverse: laureate head right; reverse: two interlaced "L's" under a crown between two palms. Rare, light adjustment marks, about Extremely Fine.)"
The specimen shown is a louis d'or Mirliton, palmes longues, struck at the La Rochelle mint (mintmark "H") during the minority of king Louis XV. This type was struck 1724-25. Its initial face value was 27 livres but the value rose and fell until demonetization at 17 livres 18 sols in June 1726. It would be extremely rare but for a quantity recovered in 1965 from the wreck of Le Chameau, a French troopship discovered off the coast of Nova Scotia. This type was superseded by the louis d'or aux lunettes, struck 1726-40.

Recorded mintage: 110,800[2]; no premium noted for this mint.

Specification: 6.52 g, .917 fine gold, 22-23 mm diameter, reeded edge, this specimen 6,48 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 799, Dr/2 no. 538, Fr-459, Dupl-1638A; Gad-338.


  • 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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