France 1725-A louis d'or

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Jean Elsen sale 145, lot 1179
This specimen was lot 1179 in Jean Elsen sale 145 (Brussels, September 2020), where it sold for €1,300 (about US$1,852 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AV louis d'or mirliton, 1725A, Paris. Aux palmes longues. D/ T. laurée à d. R/ Deux L entrelacés sous une couronne, entre deux palmes. Rare Petite brisure du coin au droit. Très Beau/Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, gold louis d'or Mirliton of 1725, Paris mint, with long palms. Obverse: laureate bust to right; reverse: two interlaced "L's" under a crown between two palms. Rare, minor die clash on obverse. Very Fine/Extremely Fine.)"
This type superseded the louis d'or Mirliton, palmes courtes, struck in France in 1723, and was replaced by the louis d'or aux lunettes, struck in large quantities 1726-40. A number were recovered from the wreck of Le Chameau but most were corroded. This type is the lowest weight louis struck during the reign of Louis XV. This date is common for the type.

Recorded mintage: est. 751,200.

Specification: 6.52 g, .917 fine gold, 22-23 mm diameter, reeded edge; this specimen 6,59 g.

Catalog reference: Gad-339, Dupl-1638; Ci. 2083; Dr/4 no. 799, Dr/2 no. 538, KM 470.1, Fr-459.


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