France 1734-A louis d'or
This specimen was lot 6351 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2017), where it sold for $646.25. The catalog description noted, "FRANCE. Louis d'Or, 1734-A. Paris Mint. Louis XV (1715-74). NGC AU-55. First semester coinage. Lightly handled with some moderate toning. Strong luster showing beneath tone. Mild wear on high points with no detracting marks." This louis d'or aux lunettes was part of the great reform of 1726 which stabilized French coinage until the Revolution. Produced at 28 mints 1726-40, the type is common tho most individual dates are rare.
Recorded mintage: 215,516, a somewhat common date.
Specification: 8.15 g, .917 fine gold, 24 mm diameter, designed by J. C. Roettiers.
Catalog reference: Fr-461; KM-489.1; Gad-340; Dupl-1640; Ciani-2085; Dr/4 no. 800, Dr/2 no. 540; DFW-478.
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