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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 260. Estimate CHF5000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF4000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

FRANCE, Royal. Louis XVI. 1774–1793. Double Louis d’or (Gold, 15.30 g 6), Engraved by P.S. B. Duvivier (1728-1819), Nantes. Seated greyhound, sign of the mintmaster M.-J- Francois, 1786, first semester. LUD.XVI.D.G.FR.ET NAV.REX Head of Louis XVI to left; on truncation, DUVIV; below, greyhound to left. Rev. CHRS.REGN.VINC.IMPER 1786 Crowned arms of France and Navarre; below, T. KM 592.14. A nearly perfect, lustrous coin. Virtually as struck.

From a Swiss private collection.

Why is this coin here? The fact is that it is so perfectly preserved that it is exceptional in every way. The cataloguer simply could not resist this piece, or the three other pieces that follow.