France 1740-L louis d'or

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Jean Elsen sale 127, lot 1388
This specimen was lot 1388 in Jean Elsen sale 127 (Brussels, December 2015), where it sold for €360 (about US$462 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AV louis d'or aux lunettes, 1740L, Bayonne. D/ B. drapé à g., tête nue. R/ Ecus ovales de France et de Navarre sous une couronne. Rare Griffes. A été montée. Beau à Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, louis d'or of the spectacles of 1740, Bayonne mint. Obverse: draped bust to left; reverse: oval arms of France and Navarre, crown above. Rare, scratches, has been mounted, fine to very fine.)"
The specimen shown is a louis d'or au bandeau, struck at the Reims mint. The type was struck in France 1740-74 and is the commonest gold coin of Louis XV after the louis d'or aux lunettes of 1726-40. This date, however, is rare.

Recorded mintage: 41,837[1], includes a few louis d'or aux lunettes.

Specification: 8.15 g, .917 fine gold, 24 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by J.-C. Roéttiers. This specimen 8,03 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 801, Dr/2 no. 543, Dupl. 1640; Gad-340.

Source:

  • [1]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • [2]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 127, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2015.

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