France 1771-D 2 louis d'or

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Ponterio sale 164, lot 666
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 666 in Ponterio sale 164 (New York, January 2012), where it sold for $2,070. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. 2 Loius d'or, 1771-D. Louis XV (1715-74). Nice strike, attractive, NGC AU-58." This double louis d'or au bandeau is a product of the Lyon mint, not a prolific producer of gold.

Recorded mintage: 2,987.

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

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 792, Dr/2 no. 542, Fr-463 (unlisted date); KM-519.5 (for type); Gad-346.


  • 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.
  • 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]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 164: The January 2012 N.Y.I.N.C. Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2011.

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