France 1787-T louis d'or

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Stack's Bowers November 2015 sale, lot 30247
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This specimen was lot 30247 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Chicago, August 2015), where it sold for $2,820. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE. Louis d'Or, 1787-T. Louis XVI (1774-90). NGC MS-64 PL. Finest seen at both NGC and PCGS. Outlandishly high quality for an 18th century issue, a museum piece in every way. The mirrored fields attract immediate attention, with the reverse fields in particular possessing absolutely stunning reflective qualities. A coin that is sure to be the centerpiece of any collection of 18th century French gold or related material." The years 1786-87 are common for the louis d'or à la tête nue as the mints melted down and reminted old tenor gold, but the later dates (1788-92) are much scarcer. This date from the Nantes mint is somewhat scarce.

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

Recorded mintage: 221,101[1].

Catalog reference: KM-591.14, Duplessy 1707. Fr-475; Ci-2183; Gad-339; 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • [2]Ponterio, Richard, and Todd McKenna, The November 2015 Baltimore Auction, World Coins and Paper Money, featuring the Ray Czabor Collection and selections from the Strong Museum, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2015.

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