France 1789-D louis d'or

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A scarce louis d'or au buste nu from the Lyon mint. 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 specimen was lot 4114 in Stack's Golden Horn sale (New York, January 2009). The catalog description noted, "FRANCE. Louis XVI, 1774-1793. Louis d'or au buste nu, 1789 D. Lyon. Different Bee. Mature undraped bust l. Rv. Twin shields of France-Navarre. Nicely struck with ample lustre on the obverse. Reverse adjustments. Virtually as struck. Choice About Uncirculated."

Recorded mintage: 89,381.

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

Catalog reference: KM 591.5, Fr. 475, Dr/4 no. 661, Dr/2 no. 605.


  • 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.

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