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France: Louis XV gold Louis d'Or au bandeau 1741-BB,...

2013 April 18-19 & 22-23 CICF World & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Chicago #3024

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Auction Ended On: Apr 18, 2013
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Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel
5440 N. River Rd.
Rosemont, IL 60018

Louis XV gold Louis d'Or au bandeau 1741-BB, KM413.4 (unlisted date), Gadoury-341 (listed, but unpriced), Bust left / Crown over arms of France and Navarre, with date and mintmark, MS61 NGC. Lustrous, with light obverse adjustment marks and minor flan flaws.

"As the previous 1737-M Louis d'Or, a previously unknown issue with research from noted French Numismatic scholar Amaud Clairand (and English translation by Marc Emory) as follows, Louis dit « au bandeau », 1741, Strasbourg (BB) Comme « un bonheur n'arrive jamais seul », Marc Emory, vient de nous signaler l'existence d'un louis dit « au bandeau » frappé en 1741 à Strasbourg (BB). Le registre des délivrances n'est malheureusement pas conservé pour cette année, ainsi est-il impossible d'avoir le détail au jour le jour le tous les louis mis en circulation dans cet atelier. Les chiffres de mises en boîte de Strasbourg pour l'année 1741 sont connus et conservés aux Archives nationales sous la cote Z1b 989 et ont été publiés en 1996 (A. Clairand, Monnaies de Louis XV, Le temps de la stabilité monétaire, 1726-1774, p. 80). Pour les louis 44 exemplaires ont été mis en boîte. Le registre conservé anciennement dans les Archives de la Monnaie de Paris dans le carton A3, dossier 19, indique que le poids d'or monnayé à Strasbourg en 1741 fut de 253 marcs 23 deniers 18 grains (61,953 kg d'or) correspondant à une frappe de 7594 exemplaires. Cette monnaie était jusque-là signalée mais non retrouvée dans les ouvrages de référence, notamment dans les différentes éditions du Répertoire de Frédéric Droulers qui donnait une production de 7590 exemplaires. Nous remercions chaleureusement Marc Emory pour nous avoir signalé et autorisé a publier ces deux monnaies."

"The translation is as follows: Louis « au bandeau » of 1741 Strasbourg (BB) As « happiness never occurs alone, » Marc Emory has just informed us of the existence of a louis d'or « au bandeau » struck in 1741 at Strasbourg (BB). The delivery registry for this year was unfortunately not preserved, so it is impossible to have an accurate detail of when the coins of this mint were placed into circulation. The figures stated for the Strasbourg mint for the year 1741 are known, and are preserved at the National Archives under file Z1b 989, and were published in 1996 (A. Clairand, Monnaies de Louis XV, Le temps de la stabilité monétaire, 1726-1774, page 80). For the Louis d'or, 44 pieces were boxed up. The register formerly conserved in the Archives of the Paris Mint in carton A3, dossier 19, indicate that the weight of gold coins minted at Strasbourg in 1741 was 253 "marcs," 23 deniers and 18 grains (61.953 kilograms of gold) corresponding to a mintage of 7594 pieces. This coin has been reported but not found in any reference, notably not even in the various editions of the Répetoire by Frédéric Droulers, which listed a mintage figure of 7590 pieces. We would like to express our gratitude to Marc Emory for having informed us, and for authorizing us to publish the existence of these two coins."

As with the previous 1737-M coin, it appears that this is the first, and only example of this issue to ever appear in Numismatic hands.

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