France 1691-N 1/2 louis d'or

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Jean Elsen sale 144, lot 1694
This specimen was lot 1694 in Jean Elsen sale 144 (Brussels, March 2020), where it sold for €850 (about US$1,120 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AV demi-louis d'or à l'écu, 1691N, Montpellier. 1e réformation. D/ T. vieillie à d., coiffée d'une perruque laurée. R/ Ecu de France couronné. Rare Fines griffes. Très Beau à Superbe (kingdom of France, Louis XVI, 1643-1715, gold half louis of the shield of 1691, Montpellier mint, first reformation. Obverse: old laureate and peruked head right; reverse: crowned arms of France. Rare, light scratches, Very Fine - 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: unknown; an unlisted date[2].

Specification: 3.37 g, 0.917 fine gold, 20-21 mm diameter, reeded edge, this specimen 3,34 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 418, Fr-430, Dupl. 1436A; Gad-239.


  • [2]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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 144, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2020.

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