France 1734-T louis d'or

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Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 1431
This specimen was lot 1431 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it sold for €480 (about US$636 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AV louis d'or aux lunettes, 1734T, Nantes. D/ B. drapé à g., tête nue. R/ Ecus ovales de France et de Navarre sous une couronne. Rare. Très Beau (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, gold louis of the spectacles of 1734, Nantes mint. Obverse: draped bust to left; reverse: oval arms of France and Navarre under a crown. Rare, Very Fine.)"
This type, introduced in 1726 as part of Cardinal Fleury's coinage reform, terminated the constant financial manipulations which had bedeviled the regency period. Its initial face value was 20 livres, which was raised to 24 livres in May 1726. This date obtains a moderate premium over the 1726-A but is otherwise common.

Recorded mintage: 42,680[2].

Specification: 8.16 g, .917 fine gold, 22-23 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by Norbert Roéttiers, this specimen 8,15 g.

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


  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • [2]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • 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.
  • 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 141, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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