France 1732-M louis d'or

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Jean Elsen sale 136, lot 1447
This specimen was lot 1447 in Jean Elsen sale 136 (Brussels, March 2018), where it sold for €380 (about US$558 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AV louis d'or aux lunettes, 1732M, Toulouse. D/ B. drapé à g., tête nue. R/ Ecus ovales de France et de Navarre sous une couronne. Traces d'ajustage. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, gold louis of the spectacles of 1732, Toulouse mint. Obverse: draped bust to left with bare head; reverse: oval arms of France and Navarre below a crown. Adjustment marks, very fine.)"
Droulers[2] gives this date a 50% premium over the type coin (1726-A) but notes that all issues of 1732 are scarce. The type was struck 1728-40.

Recorded mintage: 31,315[2].

Specification: 8.16 g, .917 fine gold, 22-23 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by Norbert Roéttiers, this specimen 8,11 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 800, Dr/2 no. 540, KM 489.14, Dupl-1640; Gad-340.

Source:

  • [2]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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 136: Collection Martiny, Collection Nef, Collection Casterman, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2018.

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