France 1769-A 1/2 louis d'or

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UBS sale 83, lot 1332
This specimen was lot 1332 in UBS sale 83 (Zurich, September 2009) where it sold for CHF 1300 ($1495 including buyer's fee). The catalog description noted,
"Louis XV. 1715-1774. ½ Louis d'or au bandeau 1769, Paris. Brustbild mit gebundenem Haar nach links. Rv. Zwei Wappen nebeneinander unter einer Krone. Kl. Schrötlingsf. Fast vorzüglich," (half louis d'or au bandeau, Paris mint, bust with hair tied in ribbon. Reverse, two shields below a crown, small planchet defects, nice extremely fine).
This type was struck for France in Paris and Reims 1741-70 in very small quantities. This date is given a slight premium in Droulers[1] but the series is too rare to collect by date.

Recorded mintage: 2,504.

Specification: 4.08 g, .917 fine gold, reeded edge, designed by J.-C. Roéttiers, this specimen 4,06 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl. 1644, Fr. 465, KM 517.1, Dr/4 no. 809, Dr/2 no. 544.


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