France 1740-W louis d'or

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from Stack's Bowers November 2015 sale, lot 39121
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This specimen was lot 39121 in Stack's Bowers Winter sale (Baltimore, November 2015), where it sold for $2,232.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. Louis d'or, 1740-W. Lille Mint. Louis XV (1715-74). NGC MS-63. Finest graded for the denomination at the Lille Mint that year, and with good reason. Super strike that produced dish-shaped fields on both sides and resulted in razor sharp details through-out. A rich satin glow throws off light effortlessly in beams of luster. Last year for the type, and a piece that belongs in a collection of other finest graded coins." The specimen shown is a louis d'or au bandeau, struck at the Lille 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: 7,401.

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

Catalog reference: Gad-341, Dr/4 no. 801, Dr/2 no. 543, Fr-464; KM-513.22.


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