France 1736-K louis d'or

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Jean Elsen sale 134, lot 1710
This specimen was lot 1710 in Jean Elsen sale 134 (Brussels, September 2017), where it sold for €380 (about US$537 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AV louis d'or aux lunettes, 1736K (sur 1735), Bordeaux. D/ B. drapé à g., tête nue. R/ Ecus ovales de France et de Navarre sous une couronne. Légères traces d'ajustage. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, gold louis of the spectacles of 1736, Bordeaux mint. Obverse: draped bust to left; reverse: oval arms of France and Navarre below a crown. Light adjustment marks, very fine.)"
This type is recorded for 1726-40 and is among the more common gold coins of the ancien régime of France.

Recorded mintage: 20,261, a somewhat better date.

Specification: 8.16 g, .917 fine gold, 22-23 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by Norbert Roéttiers, this specimen 8,14 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 800, Dr/2 no. 540, Fr-461, Dupl-1640, Gad-340, KM 489.12.

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.
  • 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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 134, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2017.

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