France 1790-K 2 louis d'or

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Heritage sale 3042, lot 29662
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This specimen was lot 29662 in Heritage sale 3042 (Long Beach, September 2015), where it sold for $1,527.50. The catalog description[2] noted, "Louis XVI gold 2 Louis d'or 1790-K MS61 NGC, Bordeaux mint. A most attractive example from the lesser-seen Bordeaux mint, with golden coloration that is accented by coppery tone and well-struck detail across the design elements. Somewhat choice for the grade when examined as a whole, and in a Mint State designation such as this, one that is entirely worthy of a premium bid." A fairly common double louis d'or à la tête nue from the Bordeaux 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: 7,381 but est. to be 207,000.

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, Duplessy 1706; Fr-474; KM-529.8; Gad-363.


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  • [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]Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3042, featuring the Read and Bob Bennett Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015..

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