France 1788-A louis d'or

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Jean Elsen sale 117, lot 1774
France 1788A louis dor rev JElsen 117-1774.jpg
This specimen was lot 1774 in Jean Elsen sale 117 (Brussels, June 2013), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XVI (1774-1793), AV louis d'or à la tête nue, 1788 A, Paris. Droit: Tête nue à gauche, les cheveux longs. Revers: Ecus accolés de France et de Navarre sous une couronne. 2e semestre. Griffes et coups sur la tranche. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XVI (1774-93), gold louis d'or of the bare head of 1788, Paris mint. Obverse: bare head to left with long hair; reverse: accolated arms of France and Navarre, crown above, second semester. Scratches and rim nicks, very fine.)"
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: unknown but scarce.

Specification: 7.65 g, .917 fine gold, 22-23 mm diameter, designed by Benjamin Duvivier, this specimen 7.68 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl-1707; Ci-2183; Gad-361, Dr/4 no. 881, Dr/2 no. 605.

Source:

  • Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • 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, 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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, Vente Publique 117: Collection Jean-Jacques Symoens, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses fils, S.A., 2013.

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