France 1666-A louis d'or
This specimen was lot 23816 in Heritage sale 3024 (Chicago, April 2013), where it sold for $7,139.30. The catalog description noted, "Louis XIIII gold Louis d'Or 1666-A, MS64 NGC, a marvelous example with meticulously sharp design features and full glowing mint luster. Rare in this superior grade and a coin with immediate eye appeal." All louis d'or juvénile of this period are rare. Two other varieties exist for this date with different hairstyles for the French king. This variety was struck only at Paris, with Droulers recording only two known for 1668. Other dates include 1662-67.
Recorded mintage: 89,869.
Specification: 6.75 g, .917 fine gold, plain edge, designed by Jean Warin.
Catalog reference: KM 200.1, Dr/4 no. 356, Dr/2 no. 224.
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- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3024, featuring the Kairos and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collections, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.