France 1690-G louis d'or

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photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
from the Mountain Groan Collection
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This specimen is a louis d'or a l'écu, struck at the Poitiers mint as part of a series of "reformations" that occurred in France during the 1690's and 1700's. The type was struck until 1693 and was superseded by the louis d'or aux 4 L, which was issued 1693-1700. While no gold coins of Louis XIV can be called inexpensive, this period is the most available until the louis d'or aux lunettes of 1726-40.

Recorded mintage: 755 fn (flans neufs) plus 46,932 rf (flans reformées).

Specification: 6.75 g, .917 fine gold, reeded edge, designed by J. Röettiers.

Catalog reference: Droulers/4 no. 406, Droulers/2 no. 258, Gad-250.


  • 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, 9th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2017.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.

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