France 1753-A 1/2 louis d'or

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Sincona sale 26, lot 3056
This specimen was lot 3056 in Sincona sale 26 (Zurich, October 2015), where it sold for 550 CHF (about US$679 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Königreich, Louis XV. 1715-1774 ½ Louis dor à la vieille tete 1753. A, Paris. Selten. Schön-sehr schön (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, demi-louis d'or of the old head (sic) of 1753, Paris mint. Scarce, fine to very fine.)"
This is not a half louis d'or à la vielle tete, of which the only known date is 1772-A, but a half louis d'or au bandeau, of a type struck 1740-70, mostly at Paris. This specimen may be an overdate, 1753/1, but this type is too rare to award a premium to varieties.

Recorded mintage: 4,119[2].

Specification: 4.07 g, .917 fine gold, 20 mm diameter, reeded edge; this specimen 4.06 g.

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

Source:

  • [2]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • 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.
  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Ruedi Kunzmann and Arne Kirsch, Numismatic Coins & Medals, Auction 26, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2015.

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