France 1791-A 2 louis d'or

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Heritage sale 3064, lot 32763
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This specimen was lot 32763 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $960. The catalog description[2] noted, "Louis XVI gold 2 Louis d'Or 1791-A AU Details (Cleaned) NGC, Paris mint. No dot. Hairlines and a somewhat artificial luster indicates cleaning, but short of close examination the piece looks much like a normal lightly circulated gold piece of the era. Well-struck, with particularly crisp detail on the reverse." 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. This date is priced in Droulers[1] about 25% more than the common date (1786-A).

Recorded mintage: 34,088[1].

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]Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.

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