France 1669-A louis d'or
This specimen was lot 20864 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $2,530. The catalog description noted, "Louis XIIII gold Louis d'Or 1669A, MS63 NGC, non-laureate bust with flowing peruke, a choice specimen with sharp details and full mint brilliance - exceptional eye appeal. Rare and highly desirable in this superior quality." 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: 367,089 (all varieties).
Specification: 6.75 g, .917 fine gold, reeded edge, 24-26 mm diameter, designed by Jean Warin.
Catalog reference: KM 219.1, Dr/4 no. 366, Dr/2 no. 232.
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- 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.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Tucker, Warren, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.