France 1757-L 2 louis d'or

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Jean Elsen sale 116, lot 1492
France 1757L 2 louis dor rev JElsen 116-1492.jpg
This specimen was lot 1492 in Jean Elsen sale 116 (Brussels, March 2013), where it sold for €1,200 ($1,821 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE ROYALE, Louis XV (1715-1774), AV double louis d'or au bandeau, 1757 L, Bayonne. Droit: Tête à gauche, ceinte d'un bandeau. Revers: Ecus ovales de France et de Navarre sous une couronne. A été nettoyée. Fines traces d'ajustage. presque Superbe (kingdom of France, Louis XV (1715-74), gold double louis d'or au bandeau of 1757, Bayonne mint. Obverse: head to left, hair tied in a ribbon; reverse: oval arms of France and Navarre, crown above. Cleaned, some adjustment marks, almost extremely fine.)"
This type was struck 1742-73 in some numbers but the Bayonne mint issued this type 1743-58, 1763 and 1771 but most issues were small. It was succeeded by the double louis d'or à la vieille tête.

Recorded mintage: 15,315.

Specification: 16.31 g, .917 fine gold, reeded edge, 28-29 mm diameter, designed by J.-C. Roéttiers; this specimen 16,20 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl-1642; Ci-2087; Gad-346; Fr-443, Dr/4 no. 792, Dr/2 no. 542.

Source:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 116, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2013.

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