France 1740-S louis d'or

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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: 2,176.

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

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 801, Dr/2 no. 543, KM 513.19 (unlisted date).


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