France 1786-B louis d'or

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Sincona sale 38, lot 1308
This specimen was lot 1308 in Sincona sale 38 (Zurich, May 2017), where it sold for 650 CHF (about US$780 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"Louis XVI. 1774-1792 Louis d`or au buste nu 1786 B. Rouen. Vorzüglich-FDC. Kleine Kratzer im Av. (kingdom of France, Louis XVI, 1774-92, gold louis of the bare bust of 1786, Rouen mint. Extremely fine-uncirculated, Minor scratches on obverse.)"
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.

Specification: 7.65 g, .917 fine gold, 22-23 mm diameter, designed by Benjamin Duvivier, this specimen 7.58 g.

Recorded mintage: 418,848[1].

Catalog reference: Gadoury 361, Duplessy 1707A. Fr-476, Dr/4 no. 881, Dr/2 no. 605.


  • [1]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 2nd édition. Paris: AFPN, 1998.
  • 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.
  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • 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.
  • [2]Jürg Richter, Auction 38, Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.

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