Louis XV, 1738-B

KM 489.3; Friedberg 461, PCGS graded MS-64

The louis d’or aux lunettes was so-named due to the reverse arrangement of the arms of France and Navarre displayed on oval shields. It was thought that the shields together looked like the lenses of a pair of glasses (lunettes) with the crown above serving as the nosepiece. This variety of louis d’or was struck under Louis XV from 1726 to 1740.

Rouen. LUD · XV · D · G · FR · ET · NAV · REX ·, draped bust of Louis XV left. Reverse: CHRS · REGN · VINC · IMPER (spade) 1738, crowned arms of France and Navarre.

Ex Heritage (1 June 2006), 12792