France 1774-A louis d'or

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Sincona sale 6, lot 1143
This specimen was lot 1143 in Sincona sale 6 (Zurich, May 2012), where it sold for 2,200 CHF (about US$2,707 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANKREICH Louis XVI. 1774-1793. Louis d'or au buste habilleé 1774, Paris. Büste nach links. Rv. Krone über zwei Wappen und Mzz. A. Selten. Kr. Rv. Sehr schön. (France, Louis XVI, 1774-93, louis d'or au buste habillé of 1774, Paris mint. Obverse: head to left; reverse: crowned arms of France and Navarre and mintmark. Rare, adjustment marks, very fine.)"
This type was struck in limited numbers 1774-85 and was melted when the gold louis was reduced to 7.65 g in 1786. Few survive.

Recorded mintage: est. 47,932.

Specification: 8.15 g, .917 fine gold; this specimen is 7,56 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl. 1704, Gad. 359, Fr. 471, Dr/4 no. 879, Dr/2 no. 602.


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  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
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  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals, Banknotes & Books: Auction 6, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2012.

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