France 1651-AR louis d'or

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Sincona sale 54, lot 347
This specimen was lot 347 in Sincona sale 54 (Zurich, May 2019), where it sold for 1,800 CHF (about US$2,142 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Frankreich, konigreich, Louis XIV. 1643-1715. Louis dor à la mèche longue 1651, Arras. Münzzeichen Ratte. Sehr selten. Sehr schön. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, gold louis of the long lock of 1651, Arras mint. Very rare, Very fine.)"
This louis d'or à la mèche longue, struck at the Arras mint 1646-56, is among the more available louis of Louis XIV of France. It is still an expensive coin, particularly as this is a rare mint.

Recorded mintage: est. 1,000[1].

Specification: 6.75 g, .917 fine gold, plain edge, this specimen 6.70 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 345, Dr/2 no. 216, Gadoury 245. Fr-418.


  • [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.
  • 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.
  • [2]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 54: Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2019.

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