France 1748-A louis d'or

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Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 1448
This specimen was lot 1448 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it sold for €850 (about US$1,127 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AV louis d'or au bandeau, 1748A, Paris. D/ T. à g., ceinte d'un bandeau. R/ Ecus ovales de France et de Navarre sous une couronne. Dupl-1643; Gad-341. 8,14 g Petites taches. Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, gold louis of the ribbon of 1748, Paris mint. Obverse: head left, hair tied in a ribbon; reverse: oval arms of France and Navarre below a crown. A few marks, Extremely Fine.)"
This type was struck 1740-71 with a face value of 24 livres. While not so common as the 1748-W, this is not a rare date.

Recorded mintage: 25,673[2], but an available date.

Specification: 8.15 g, .917 fine gold, 24 mm diameter, reeded edge, this specimen is 8,16 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 801, Dr/2 no. 543, Fr-464, Dupl-1643; Ci. 2088; Gad-341; Fr-464.


  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • [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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • 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 141, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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