France 1726-BB louis d'or

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Sincona sale 18, lot 2176
This specimen was lot 2176 in Sincona sale 18 (Zurich, May 2014), where it sold for CHF 500 (about US$659 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Louis dor mirliton 1726. Strassburg Fast sehr schön-sehr schön. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, louis d'or of 1726, Strasbourg mint, very fine.)"
This louis d'or aux lunettes (not a louis d'or mirliton as stated above) is recorded for 1726-40 and is among the more common gold coins of the French ancien régime, this date is fairly common.

Recorded mintage: 128,000[1].

Specification: 8.16 g, .917 fine gold, 20 mm diameter, reeded edge, this specimen 8.06 g.

Catalog reference: Duplessy 1640. Fr-461. Dr/4 no. 800, Dr/2 no. 540.


  • [1]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • 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.
  • [2]Numismatic Coins, Medals, & Banknotes: Auction 18, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2014.

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