France 1786-K louis d'or

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Sincona sale 46, lot 371
This specimen was lot 371 in Sincona sale 46 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 575 CHF (about US$690 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Frankreich, Louis XVI. 1774-1792. Louis d`or au buste nu 1786 K, Bordeaux. Vorzüglich. (kingdom of France, Louis XVI, 1774-92, louis d'or of the bare bust of 1786, Bordeaux mint. Extremely fine.)"
This louis d'or à la tête nue is the most common gold coin of the French ancien régime, created when the louis d'or was lowered from 8.16 g to 7.65 g. 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. This date from Bordeaux is common.

Reported Mintage: 503,763, common for type tho not as common as 1786-A or 1786-W or 1787-A.

Specification: 7.65 g, .917 fine gold, 22-23 mm diameter, reeded edge; this specimen 7.64 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl. 1707; Gad-361, Fr-475, Dr/4 no. 881.


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  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Auction 46, Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2018.

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