France 1743-A louis d'or

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Jean Elsen sale 135, lot 1417
This specimen was lot 1417 in Jean Elsen sale 135 (Brussels, December 2017), where it sold for €1,600 (about US$2,216 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AV louis d'or au bandeau, 1743A, Paris. D/ T. à g., ceinte d'un bandeau. R/ Ecus ovales de France et de Navarre sous une couronne. 2e semestre. Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, gold louis of the hair ribbon of 1743, Paris mint. Obverse: head to left, with hair tied in a ribbon; reverse: oval arms of France and Navarre below a crown. Second semester, Extremely Fine.)"
This type was struck 1740-70 and is common as French gold coins go and this is a common date.

Recorded mintage: 75,309[2].

Specification: 8.15 g, .917 fine gold, 24 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by J.-C. Roéttiers, this specimen 8,16 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 801, Dr/2 no. 543, Dupl. 1643; Gad. 341; L4L 492, KM 513.1.


  • [2]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.
  • 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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 135, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2017.

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