France 1755-BB louis d'or

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Jean Elsen sale 133, lot 1255
This specimen was lot 1255 in Jean Elsen sale 133 (Brussels, June 2017), where it sold for €1,600 (about US$2,115 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AV louis d'or au bandeau, 1755 (sur 1754)BB, Strasbourg. D/ T. à g., ceinte d'un bandeau. R/ Ecus ovales de France et de Navarre sous une couronne. Superbe à Fleur de Coin. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, gold louis d'or of the ribbon, 1755/4, Strasbourg mint. Obverse: head to left, hair tied in a ribbon; reverse: oval arms of France and Navarre below a crown. Extremely fine to uncirculated.)"
This specimen is a louis d'or au bandeau struck at the Strasbourg mint, one of a type struck in 1740-70. This specimen is counted as a slightly better date; the catalogs do not mention the overdate.

Recorded mintage: 19,182[1].

Specification: 8.158 g, .917 fine gold, 24 mm diameter, reeded edge; this specimen 8,15 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl-1643; Gad-341; Fr-464, Dr/4 no. 801, Dr/2 no. 543, KM 513.3.


  • [1]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [2]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 133, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2017.

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