France 1787-AA 2 louis d'or

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Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 1471
This specimen was lot 1471 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it sold for €575 (about US$762 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XVI (1774-1793), AV double louis d'or à la tête nue, 1787AA, Metz. D/ T. nue à g., les cheveux longs. R/ Ecus accolés de France et de Navarre sous une couronne. Deuxième semestre. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XVI, 1774-93, gold double louis of the bare head of 1787, Metz mint. Obverse: bare head left with long hair; reverse: accolated arms of France and Navarre under a crown. Second semester, Very Fine.)"
A fairly 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 French gold, but the later dates (1788-92) are much scarcer.

Recorded mintage: 154,716[2], a common date for 1787.

Specification: 15.29 g, .917 fine gold, 28 mm diameter, .451 troy oz AGW, designed by Benjamin Duvivier, this specimen is 15,20 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 877, Dr/2 no. 604, Fr-474, Dupl-1706; Gad-363.

Source:

  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • [2]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • 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]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 141, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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