France 1724-L louis d'or

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Sincona sale 51, lot 2416
This specimen was lot 2416 in Sincona sale 51 (Zurich, October 2018), where it sold for 750 CHF (about US$905 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Louis XV. 1715-1774. Louis dor mirliton 1724 L, Bayonne. Sehr schön. Leicht justiert. Leichte Fassungsspuren. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, louis d'or Mirliton of 1724, Bayonne mint. Very fine, Minor adjustment marks, Some traces of mounting.)"
This type superseded the louis d'or Mirliton, palmes courtes, struck in 1723, and was replaced by the louis d'or aux lunettes, struck in large quantities 1726-40. A number were recovered from the wreck of Le Chameau but most were corroded. This type is the lowest weight French louis struck during the reign of Louis XV. The Bayonne mint closed in the 1840's; most of its products are common.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

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

Catalog reference: KM 470.11, C.2083, L.675, Dy.1638, Dr/44 no. 799, Dr/2 no. 538, Fr-459, Gadoury-339.


  • [1]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 51: Gold and Silver Coins and Medals; Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2018.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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