France 1775-A louis d'or

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Kunker sale 264, lot 3092
This specimen was lot 3092 in Künker sale 264 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €2,100 (about US$2,713 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"KÖNIGREICH Louis XVI, 1774-1793. Louis d'or au buste habillé 1775, A, Paris. GOLD. RR Sehr schön-vorzüglich. (kingdom of France, Louis XVI, 1774-93, gold louis of the uniformed bust of 1775, Paris mint. Rare, very fine to extremely fine.)"
The louis of Louis XVI continued to be struck to the standard of 1726 but the price of gold had risen, making the type uneconomical to issue. In 1785, Calonne lowered the weight to 7.65 grams and recoined all the stocks in government hands, rendering this earlier type very rare.

Recorded mintage: 220,565.

Specification: 8.15 g, .917 fine gold, corded edge, 24 mm diameter, this specimen 8.05 g.

Catalog reference: Duplessy 1704; Fr-471; Gadoury 359, Dr/4 no. 879, Dr/2 no. 602.


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  • 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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 264, Gold coins | Russian Coins and Medals | German Coins after 1871, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015.

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