France 1741-A 1/2 louis d'or

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Heritage sale 3026, lot 26936
France 1741A demi louis rev H3026-26936.jpg

This specimen was lot 26936 in Heritage sale 3026 (Long Beach, October 2013), where it sold for $499.38. The catalog description[1] noted, "Louis XV gold 1/2 Louis d'Or 1741-A, VF-XF, lightly cleaned, bold details with no adjustment marks." This is a half louis d'or au bandeau minted at Paris (mintmark "A") during the reign of Louis XV of France. The type was struck 1741-53 and intermittently 1755-70. Like all half louis, it is rare. Droulers[2] that is the common date but this coin is too rare to collect by date.

Recorded mintage: 5,946[2].

Specification: 4.08 g, .917 fine gold, reeded edge, designed by J.-C. Roéttiers.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 809, Dr/2 no. 544, KM 517.1.

Sources:

  • Clairand, Armand, Monnaies de Louis XV, Le temps de la Stabilité Monetaire, 1726-1774, Paris: Maison Platt, 1996.
  • [2]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 2nd édition. Paris: AFPN, 1998.
  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3026, World & Ancient Coins, featuring the RLM Collection, Part Two, the Nogales Collection and the Goetz Medals Die Archive, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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