France 1786-AA 2 louis d'or

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Sincona sale 43, lot 3315
This specimen was lot 3315 in Sincona sale 43 (Zurich, October 2017), where it sold for 1,000 CHF (about US$1,193 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Kingdom, Louis XVI. 1774-1792 2 Louis d`or au buste nu 1786 AA. Metz. Vorzüglich-FDC. Prachtvolle Erhaltung. (kingdom of France, Louis XVI, 1774-92 double louis of the bare bust of 1786, Metz mint. Extremely fine-uncirculated, Magnificent condition.)"
A common double louis d'or à la tête nue from the Metz 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: 306,513.

Specification: 15.29 g, .917 fine gold, 28 mm diameter, .451 troy oz AGW, designed by Benjamin Duvivier; this specimen 15.19 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 877, Dr/2 no. 604, Fr-474; KM-529.2; Gad-363.

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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • 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]Richter, Jürg, Sincona sale 43, Gold and Silver Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.

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