France 1773-W 2 louis d'or

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Heritage sale 3010, lot 20878
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 20878 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $1,150. The catalog description[1] noted, "Louis XV gold 2 Louis d'Or 1773W, AU58 NGC, Lille, lovely old-time patina with abundant mint luster. A choice example of this rare laureate bust type with no adjustment marks." This type, called a double louis d'or à la vieille tête in the French catalogs, was struck 1771-75 and is rare and expensive. It succeeded the double louis d'or au bandeau.

Recorded mintage: 47,835.

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

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 793, Dr/2 no. 545, KM 557.8.


  • 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.

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