France 1746-S 1/2 louis d'or

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France 1746S demi-louis obv Stacks AN60421676-oz.jpg
France 1746S demi-louis rev Stacks AN60421676-rz.jpg
from the Mountain Groan Collection
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This is a half louis d'or au bandeau minted at Reims (mintmark "S") during the reign of Louis XV of France. The type was struck 1741-53 and intermittently 1755-70. Like all half louis, it is very rare. Droulers[1] gives this date a slight premium over the common date (1741-A) but this coin is too rare to collect by date.

Recorded mintage: 5,946.

Specification: 4.08 g, .917 fine gold, reeded edge, designed by J.-C. Roéttiers.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 809, Dr/2 no. 544, KM 517.7, Fr-465, Gad-330.


  • Clairand, Armand, Monnaies de Louis XV, Le temps de la Stabilité Monetaire, 1726-1774, Paris: Maison Platt, 1996.
  • [1]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 2nd édition. Paris: AFPN, 1998.
  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.

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