France 1653-A louis d'or

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from Stack's Bowers 2016 ANA sale, lot 20424
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This specimen was lot 20424 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Anaheim, CA, August 2016), where it sold for $6,462.50. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE. Louis d'Or, 1653-A. Louis XIV (1643-1715). NGC MS-63. From the first year the Sun King ruled without a regent. An exceptionally CHOICE MINT STATE example that is free of haymarks or other detriments somewhat common to the few other surviving high grade pieces. Brilliant, with a nice strike bringing out all of the detail in the portrait. Generally without tone, and sporting bright yellow as struck surfaces. A truly imposing piece with full claims to the lofty grade, and a coin sure to make a meaningful contribution to the collection it joins." This louis d'or à la mèche longue is among the more available louis of Louis XIV.

Recorded mintage: 498,227[1], a common date.

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

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 345, Dr/2 no. 216, Fr-418; KM-157.1; Gad-245; Dupl-1422.


  • [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.
  • 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.
  • [2]Ponterio, Richard, The August 2016 Anaheim ANA Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.

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