France 1816-W 40 francs

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Jean Elsen sale 124, lot 1066
This specimen was lot 1066 in Jean Elsen sale 124 (Brussels, March 2015), where it sold for €700 (about US$873 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Louis XVIII, seconde restauration (1815-1824), AV 40 francs, 1816 W, Lille. 3.210 p. frappées. Rare. Très Beau/Superbe. (France, Louis XVIII, second restoration (1815-24), gold forty francs of 1816, Lille mint, 3,210 pieces struck, rare, very fine/extremely fine.)"
This type was struck 1816-24 and most of the fourteen known dates are rare. This is a product of the Lille mint. The common dates was 1816-A, 1817-A and 1818-W.

Recorded mintage: 3,186[2], a scarce date.

Specification: 12.90 g, .900 fine gold, 26 mm diameter, edge lettered DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE, designed by Auguste Francois Michaut.

Catalog reference: Gad-1092, F.542/5.


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  • 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.
  • [2]Prieur, Michel, and Laurent Schmitt, Le Franc 10: Les Monnaies. Paris: Éditions les Chevau-légers, 2014.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, 1789-2011, 20me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2011.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 124, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2015.

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