France 1644-A 1/2 louis d'or

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Sincona sale 54, lot 345
This specimen was lot 345 in Sincona sale 54 (Zurich, May 2019), where it sold for 1,300 CHF (about US$1,547 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"Frankreich, konigreich, Louis XIV. 1643-1715. 1/2 Louis dor à la mèche courte 1644 A, Paris. Fast vorzüglich. Kleiner Randfehler. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, gold half louis of the short lock of 1644, Paris mint. About extremely fine, Minor edge fault.)"

This type was struck 1643-45, 1649-52, at Paris and Lyon only. Altho this is noted as the most common date, it is still very scarce.

Recorded mintage: 47,218[1].

Specification: 3.37 g, .917 fine, plain edge, this specimen 3.42 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 382, Dr/2 no. 214, Gadoury 234. Fr-416.

Source:

  • [1]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [2]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 54: Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2019.

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