France 1660-I louis d'or

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Kunker sale 264, lot 3076
This specimen was lot 3076 in Künker sale 264 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €3,000 (about US$3,875 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"KÖNIGREICH Louis XIV, 1643-1715. Louis d'or juvénile lauré 1660, I, Limoges. GOLD. Kl. Randfehler, fast vorzüglich. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, gold louis of the young bust of 1660, Limoges mint. Edge flaws, choice extremely fine.)"
After some substantial mintages during the period 1646-53, the production of louis d'or dwindled until the great reminting of the 1690's. There are many fascinating types issued during the intervening period, all rare, including this one, the louis d'or juvénile, minted in France 1659-83.

Recorded mintage: 1,166[2].

Specification: 6.75 g, .917 fine gold, designed by J. B Du Four, this specimen 6.66 g.

Catalog reference: Duplessy 1425; Fr-421; Gadoury 246, Dr/4 no. 352, Dr/2 no. 233.


  • [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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