France 1668-A louis d'or

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Jean Elsen list 233, lot 1480
photo courtesy Jean Elsen SA
Heritage sale 425, lot 51073
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
another specimen, from the Mountain Groan Collection
France 1668A louis rev DSLR.jpg

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[1] recording only two known for 1668. Other dates include 1662-67.

The second specimen is an example of Dr/4 no. 366, "louis d'or juvénile, tête nue, mèches groupée sur la nuque." Note the entirely different hairstyle from the upper specimen (note the absence of a laurel wreath). It was lot 51073 in Heritage sale 425 (New York, January 2007), where it sold for $1,955. The catalog description[2] noted, "Louis XIV gold Louis d'or au buste juvenile tete nue 1668A (Paris), Youthful plain head right/A cross of four cruciform, crowned double L's, fleur de lis in angles, well struck and lustrous, Choice AU."

Recorded mintage: 553,108 (including Dr. 366 and Dr. 366A)[1].

Specification: 6.75 g, .917 fine gold, plain edge, designed by Jean Warin. The Heritage specimen weighed 6.77 grams.

Catalog reference: F-423, Gad-247b, Dup-1428, Ciani-1791, Dr/4 no. 356 and 366, Dr/2 no. 224 and 232.

Source:

  • [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.
  • [2]Tucker, Warren, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 425: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2007.

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