France 1694-AA 1/2 louis d'or

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Jean Elsen sale 146, lot 137
This specimen was lot 137 in Jean Elsen sale 146 (Brussels, November 2020), where it sold for €1,200 (about US$1,749 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AV demi-louis d'or aux quatre L, 1694AA, Metz. 2e réformation. D/ T. âgée à d., coiffée d'une grande perruque laurée. R/ Croix formée de quatre lis couronnés, cantonnée de quatre L. Très rare Gradé PCGS AU53. Très Beau à Superbe. Provient de la collection Teitgen, Paris, 26-28 octobre 2015, 889. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, gold half louis of the four L's of 1694, Metz mint, second reformation. Obverse: laureate and peruked aged head left; reverse: cross formed of four crowned lilies, cantonned with four L's. Very rare, Very Fine - Extremely Fine.)"
This type, known as a demi-louis d'or aux 4 L, was struck 1693-1700, mostly over older coins. Twenty-four mints contributed in 1694 but none of the dates are common.

Recorded mintage: unknown but all rf.

Specification: 3.37 g, .917 fine gold, 20-21 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by Joseph Roëttiers.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 421, Dr/2 no. 267, KM 301.2, Fr-434, Dupl-1441A; Gad-240; L4L 258.

Source:

  • 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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 146: Collection Anthony Lorrain Monnaies de Metz, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2020.

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