France 1742-L 1/2 louis d'or

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Sincona sale 18, lot 2182
This specimen was lot 2182 in Sincona sale 18 (Zurich, May 2014), where it sold for CHF 850 (about US$1,120 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"½ Louis dor au bandeaux 1742. Bayonne Selten Sehr schön-gutes sehr schön. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, half louis d'or of the ribbon of 1742, Bayonne mint, rare, very fine.)"
This type was struck in small quantities at various mints 1741-70. This is the only issue from Bayonne of this type. There are no common dates.

Recorded mintage: 4,904[1].

Specification: 4.07 g, .917 fine gold, 20 mm diameter, reeded edge, this specimen 4.05 g.

Catalog reference: Duplessy 1644. Fr-465. Dr/4 no. 809, Dr/2 no. 544.


  • [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.
  • 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]Numismatic Coins, Medals, & Banknotes: Auction 18, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2014.

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