France 1785-A 2 louis d'or

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Stack's Bowers ANA sale, lot 608
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 608 in Stack's Bowers ANA auction (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $910.63. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. 2 Louis d'Or, 1785-A. Louis XVI (1774-92). NGC AU Details--Surface Hairlines. Light hairlines on obverse, full luster on reverse." A better double louis d'or à la tête nue from the Paris mint. 1786 is the peak year of issue for this type, with the Paris mint leading eleven mints with 2,641,702 examples. The years 1786-87 are common as the mints melted down and reminted old tenor gold, but the later dates (1788-92) are much scarcer.

Recorded mintage: 27,014.

Specification: 15.29 g, .917 fine gold, 28 mm diameter, .451 troy oz AGW, designed by Benjamin Duvivier.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 877, Dr/2 no. 604, Fr-474; KM-592.1; Gad-363; Dupl-1706; Droulers-802; DFW-537.

Source:

  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, The August 2014 Chicago ANA Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Featuring the David O'Harrow Collection, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2014.

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