France 1790-A 2 louis d'or

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from the Stack's Bowers 2017 NYINC sale, lot 6356
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This specimen was lot 6356 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2017), where it sold for $1,175. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE. 2 Louis d'Or, 1790-A. Paris Mint. Louis XVI (1774-92). NGC MS-61. Flashy large gold coin with a nice strike and no surface issues. Perpendicular adjustment marks on obverse. A light sheen of toning which does little to restrain the abundant luster. Quite appealing to the eye." A fairly common double louis d'or à la tête nue from the Paris 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 French mints melted down and reminted old tenor gold, but the later dates (1788-92) are much scarcer.

Recorded mintage: 91,537.

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

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 877, Dr/2 no. 604, Fr-474; KM-592.1; Gad-363; Dupl-1706; Ciani-2182; DFW-537.

Source:

  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition, Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • 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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • [2]Ponterio, Richard, The January 2017 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, featuring the Richard Stuart Collection, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.

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