France 1726-Pau louis d'or

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UBS, sale unknown, lot 2803

The specimen shown is a scarce louis d'or du Béarn aux lunettes struck at Pau (cow mintmark) durng the early part of the reign of Louis XV of France. It is catalogued separately from the other mints because of the variant obverse legend, "LUD.XV.D.G. FR.ET.NA.RE.BD" instead of the usual "NAV.REX." Droulers[1] prices this date about 85% higher than the common date (1726-A).

Recorded mintage: 47,570 (commonest date for this mint).

Specification: 8.16 g, .917 fine gold, 22-23 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by Norbert Roéttiers.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 800a, Dr/2 no. 540a.

Cardinal de Fleury


  • [1]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.
  • 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.

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