France 1648-AR louis d'or

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Kunker sale 264, lot 3074
This specimen was lot 3074 in Künker sale 264 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €660 (about US$853 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"KÖNIGREICH Louis XIV, 1643-1715. Louis d'or à la mèche courte 1648, AR und Ratte, Arras. GOLD. Sehr schön. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, gold louis of the short hair of 1648, "rat" mintmark, Arras mint, very fine.)"
The louis d'or à la mèche longue, struck 1646-59 at numerous mints, is among the more available louis d'or of Louis XIV. The mint at Arras, which closed in 1656, was peculiar in placing the mintmark "AR" on the obverse and the mint master's privy mark (the rat) on the reverse where other mints placed the mint letter. This oddity, plus the low mintages emanating from this locale, earn this coin a substantial premium over the common Paris mint issue.

Recorded mintage: 2,832[2].

Specification: 6.75 g, .917 fine gold, designed by Jean Warin, this specimen 6.72 g.

Catalog reference: Duplessy 1419; Fr-415, Dr/4 no. 345, Dr/2 no. 216.


  • [2]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.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • 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]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 264, Gold coins | Russian Coins and Medals | German Coins after 1871, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015.

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