France 1691-L louis d'or

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale, lot 20199
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This specimen was lot 20199 in Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $1,500. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. Louis d'Or, 1691-L. Lille Mint. Louis XIV (1643-1715). NGC AU-58. The louis d'or à l'écu was struck 1690-93. The crowned "L" mintmark indicates Lille, which used this mintmark 1686-93 before switching to the "W" used until the 1850's. Gadoury lists this date as "R4" on new blanks and "R" on reformed blanks. We believe this specimen to be struck on a new blank as we don't see any undertype nor a star at the base of the arms of France. Flashy and lustrous with a slight striking weakness at the base of the king's neck." This type was struck 1690-93 and is the first reasonably common type after the scarce dates of the 1670's and 1680's. The louis d'or à l'écu was succeeded by the louis d'or aux 4 L struck 1693-1700.

Reported Mintage: 28,314 on new blanks plus an unknown number restruck.

Specification: 6.75 g, .917 fine gold, plain edge, designed by Joseph Roëttiers.

Catalog reference: Fr-429; KM-278.20; Gad-250; Dupl-1435a; Ciani-1797; Droulers-343; DFW-243.


  • 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.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio, John Kraljevich and Cris Chatigny, The January 2018 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, featuring the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.

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