France 1691-I 1/2 louis d'or

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Sincona sale 18, lot 2168
This specimen was lot 2168 in Sincona sale 18 (Zurich, May 2014), where it sold for CHF 1,200 (about US$1,581 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"½ Louis dor à lecu 1691. Limoges Réformation. Sehr schön-vorzüglich. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, half louis d'or of the shield of 1691, Limoges mint, restruck on older blank. Very fine to extremely fine.)"
The demi-louis d'or is much scarcer than its larger brother, tho this type, the demi-louis d'or a l'écu, turns up occasionally. It was issued 1690-1693.

Recorded mintage: 13,212 on new blanks plus 2,240 restruck.

Specification: 3.37 g, .917 fine gold, 20-21 mm diameter, this specimen 3.35 g.

Catalog reference: Gad-239, Duplessy 1436A. Fr-430. KM 277.1, Dr/4 no. 418, Dr/2 no. 262.


  • 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.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals, & Banknotes: Auction 18, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2014.

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