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40 Francs Louis XVIII Gold Coin – 1816-1824

40 Francs Louis XVIII Gold Coin – 1816-1824


Louis XVIII, known as “the Desired” (le Désiré), was a monarch of the House of Bourbon who ruled as King of France and Navarre from 1814 to 1824 except for a period in 1815 known as the Hundred Days.  Due to the early 19th century issuance of these coins, limited mintage of the 40 francs and multiple wars over the years, they can be difficult to find and are considered rare in most collections.

Coin Highlights:

  • Contains .3734 oz actual Gold weight.
  • Individual coins are packaged in protective packaging.
  • Date from the era of King Louis XVIII (1816-1824).
  • Coins are in Average Circulation or better
  • Obverse: A right-facing portrait of King Louis XVIII.
  • Reverse: Crowned Coat of Arms surrounded by laurel.



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Louis Stanislas Xavier was born at Versailles in 1755 from the union of the Dauphin Louis (son of Louis XV) and Marie-Josephe Louise of Savoy.  He took the title of regent after the execution of Louis XVI and then the death of his nephew Louis XVII, the king.

Louis XVIII’s reign saw France’s first experiment in parliamentary government since the Revolution. The King was invested with executive powers and had “legislative initiative,” whereas a largely advisory parliament voted on laws and approved the budget. The King opposed the extremism of the ultras, who were determined to wipe out every vestige of the Revolution, and he dissolved the parliament in September 1816. After 1820, however, the ultras exercised increasing control and thwarted most of Louis’s attempts to heal the wounds of the Revolution.  Louis XVIII suffered from obesity, gout and gangrene. He died on September 16, 1824 at the Tuileries Palace in Paris at the age of 68.  At his death he was succeeded by his brother, the comte d’Artois, as Charles X

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.3734 oz

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