France 1738-X louis d'or

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Jean Elsen sale 120, lot 1259
France 1738X louis dor rev JElsen 120-1259.jpg
This specimen was lot 1253 in Jean Elsen sale 120 (Brussels, March 2014), where it sold for €500 (about US$822 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AV louis d'or aux lunettes, 1738 X, Amiens. Droit: B. drapé à gauche, tête nue. Revers: Ecus ovales de France et de Navarre sous une couronne. Très Beau à Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, gold Louis d'or of the spectacles of 1738, Amiens mint. Obverse: draped bust to left, head bare; reverse: oval arms of France and Navarre below a crown; very vine to extremely fine.)"
This type is recorded for 1726-40 and is among the more common gold coins of the French ancien régime, this date from Amiens (mintmark "X") is noted as very scarce in Droulers[1].

Recorded mintage: 5,847[1].

Specification: 8.16 g, .917 fine gold, 22-23 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by Norbert Roëttiers.

Catalog reference: KM 489.13, Dr/4 no. 800, Dr/2 no. 540, Dupl-1568; Ci-1937; Gad-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.
  • [2]Elsen, Philippe, Vente Publique 120, Brussels: Jean Elsen & ses Fils, S.A., 2014.

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