France 1641-A louis d'or

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Ponterio sale 168, lot 40096
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 40096 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $3,525. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. Louis d'or, 1641-A. NGC AU-58. Louis XIII (1610-43). Light orange gold tone." This type is the first louis d'or, part of the coinage reform which attempted to replace hammered coinage with milled coinage. Its face value was 10 livres tournois. The louis d'or of Louis XIII were struck 1640-43 in fairly large quantities in an attempt to displace the miscellaneous écus d'or of earlier in the reign and that of Henri IV. The louis d'or would be struck until the end of the ancien régime in 1792.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 6.75 g, .917 fine gold, plain edge, designed by Jean Warin.

Catalog reference: Fr-410; KM-105; Gad-58, Dr/4 no. 22.


  • 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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.

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