France 1776-K 2 louis d'or

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photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates

The specimen shown is a 1776K double louis au buste habillé of the Bordeaux mint. It was lot 593 in a recent Ponterio sale. The double louis of Louis XVI of France 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 15.30 grams and recoined all the stocks in government hands, rendering this earlier type very rare. The 1776-K is among the more frequently encountered of the few survivors.

Recorded mintage: 72,877.

Specification: 16.31 g, .917 fine gold, corded edge, 28-29 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 875, Dr/2 no. 601, KM 575.8.

Source:

  • 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.

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