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Sale: Triton IX, Lot: 1891. Estimate $300. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 January 2006. 
Sold For $403. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

FRANCE, Royal. Louis XVI. 1774-1793. AV Louis d'or (7.61 g, 6h). Lyon mint. Divivier, sculptor. Dated 1786. LVD • XVI • D • G • FR • ET NAV • REX •, head left; bee under bust / CHRS • REGN • VINC • IMPER (bird's head)1786, crowned coat-of-arms of France and Navarre. Duplessy 1707; Ciani 2183; KM 591.5; Friedberg 475. EF, a few slight scratches and die breaks. ($300)

From the John F. Sullivan Collection.

The bee below the bust is the different of the mintmaster of Lyon, while the bird's head is that of the engraver Jean Hubert Bernavon.