France 1748-B 2 louis d'or

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Sincona sale 38, lot 1305
This specimen was lot 1305 in Sincona sale 38 (Zurich, May 2017), where it sold for 1,100 CHF (about US$1,319 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Louis XV. 1715-1774 2 Louis dor au bandeau 1748 B. Rouen. Vorzüglich. Leicht justiert. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, gold double louis of the ribbon of 1748, Rouen mint. Extremely fine, Minor adjustment marks.)"
This type was struck 1742-73 in some numbers. It was succeeded by the double louis d'or à la vieille tête. This date is surely rare but the type is too expensive for rare dates to obtain much of a premium.

Recorded mintage: 2,613.

Specification: 16.31 g, .917 fine gold, reeded edge, 28-29 mm diameter, designed by J.-C. Roéttiers. This specimen is 16.33 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 792, Dr/2 no. 542, KM 519.4, Gadoury 346. Fr-463.


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  • [1]Jürg Richter, Auction 38, Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.

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