France 1729-CC 1/2 louis d'or

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Jean Elsen sale 140, lot 722
This specimen was lot 722 in Jean Elsen sale 140 (Brussels, March 2019), where it sold for €375 (about US$500 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AV demi-louis d'or aux lunettes, 1729, Besançon. D/ B. drapé à g., tête nue. R/ Ecus ovales de France et de Navarre sous une couronne. Très rare. Beau à Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, gold half louis of the spectacles of 1729, Besançon mint. Obverse: draped bust to left; reverse: oval arms of France and Navarre under a crown. Very rare, Fine - Very Fine.)"
The type was struck 1726-39. Like all half louis, it is rare but there is little premium for rare dates.

Recorded mintage: 2,400.

Specification: 4.08 g, .917 fine gold; this specimen is 3.99 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 808; Dr/2 no. 541, Gad-329, Dupl. 1641. Fr-462.

Source:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 140, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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