France 1753-K 2 louis d'or

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Künker sale 336, lot 6055
This specimen was lot 6055 in Künker sale 336 (Osnabruck, Germany, March 2020), where it sold for €1,500 (about US$1,963 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANKREICH, KÖNIGREICH, Louis XV, 1715-1774. Double louis d'or au bandeau 1753, K, Bordeaux. GOLD. Min. justiert, kl. Schrötlingsfehler, sehr schön-vorzüglich. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, double louis d'or of the ribbon of 1753, Bordeaux mint. Light adjustment marks, very fine to extremely fine.)"
This type was struck 1742-73 in some numbers for soldiers' pay.

Recorded mintage: 44,325[2], a slightly better date.

Specification: 16.31 g, .917 fine gold, reeded edge, 28-29 mm diameter, designed by J.-C. Roéttiers, this specimen 16.27 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 792, Dr/2 no. 542, Fr-463; KM-519, Duplessy 1642; Gadoury 346.


  • [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.
  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • 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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 336: Gold coins from all over the World|German Coins after 1871. Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2020.

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