France 1731-Z louis d'or

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Jean Elsen sale 127, lot 1386
This specimen was lot 1386 in Jean Elsen sale 127 (Brussels, December 2015), where it sold for €420 (about US$539 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AV louis d'or aux lunettes, 1731Z, Grenoble. D/ B. drapé à g., tête nue. R/ Ecus ovales de France et de Navarre sous une couronne. Rare. presque Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, louis d'or of the spectacles of 1731, Grenoble mint. Obverse: draped bust to left; reverse: oval arms of France and Navarre, crown above. Rare, about very fine.)"
This type is recorded for 1726-40 and is among the more common gold coins of the French ancien régime, this date is rare but awarded little premium in Droulers[1].

Recorded mintage: 8,794[1].

Specification: 8.16 g, .917 fine gold, 20 mm diameter, reeded edge, this specimen 8,13 g.

Catalog reference: Gad-340, Duplessy 1640. Fr-461. Dr/4 no. 800, Dr/2 no. 540.

Source:

  • [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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • 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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