France 1670-D louis d'or
This specimen was lot 2390 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2017), where it sold for $4,347.50. The catalog description noted, "FRANCE. Louis d'Or, 1670/69-D. Lyon Mint. Louis XIV (1643-1715). NGC MS-64. Short truncation which stops before legend. Slightly weak in centers but struck on highly lustrous metal which still gives full cartwheel glow. No detracting marks or wear. Quite attractive." All louis d'or juvénile of this period are rare. Another variety exists for 1670-D wherein the king sports no laurel wreath in his hair. This variety, with the laurel wreath, was struck mostly at Paris and Lyon 1659-72.
Recorded mintage: 64,375, a better date.
Specification: 6.75 g, .917 fine gold, plain edge, 24 mm diameter, designed by Jean Warin.
Catalog reference: Fr-421; KM-200.3; Gad-246; Dupl-1425; Ciani-1789; Dr/4 no. 352, Dr/2 no. 223; DFW-191.
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