France 1757-N louis d'or

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Jean Elsen sale 124, lot 949
This specimen was lot 949 in Jean Elsen sale 124 (Brussels, March 2015), where it sold for €600 (about US$748 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AV louis d'or au bandeau, 1757 N, Montpellier. Droit: Tête à gauche, ceinte d'un bandeau. Revers: Ecus ovales de France et de Navarre sous une couronne. Provient de Bourgey, Versailles, 7 octobre 1967, 259. Très Rare. presque Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis XV (1715-74), gold louis of the ribbon of 1757, Montpellier mint. Obverse: head to left, hair tied in a ribbon; reverse: oval arms of France and Navarre under a crown. From Bourgey, Versailles, October 1967, lot 259. Very rare, almost extremely fine.)"
The year 1757 was not a good one for louis d'or, with no common dates. Montpellier struck this type 1740-47, 1755-71 but always in modest quantities.

Recorded mintage: 7,074[1].

Specification: 8.158 g, .917 fine gold, 24 mm diameter, reeded edge; this specimen 8,11 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl., 1643; Gad-341; Fr-464, Dr/4 no. 801, Dr/2 no. 543, KM 513.1.


  • [1]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • 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.
  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [2]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 124, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2015.

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