France 1738-B louis d'or

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Sincona sale 54, lot 357
This specimen was lot 357 in Sincona sale 54 (Zurich, May 2019), where it sold for 500 CHF (about US$595 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"Frankreich, konigreich, Louis XV. 1715-1774. Louis dor aux lunettes 1738 B, Rouen. Gutes sehr schön. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, gold louis of the spectacles of 1738, Rouen mint. Good very fine.)"
This type is recorded for 1726-40 and is among the more common gold coins of the ancien régime. This is a better date.

Recorded mintage: 20,285[1].

Specification: 8.16 g, .917 fine gold, 22-23 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by Norbert Roéttiers, this specimen 8.09 g.

Catalog reference: KM-489, Dr/4 no. 800, Gadoury 340, Fr-461.


  • [1]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.
  • 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]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 54: Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2019.

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