France 1673-A louis d'or

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Heritage sale 3026, lot 24521
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 24521 in Heritage sale 3026 (Long Beach, October 2013), where it sold for $8,812.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Louis XIIII gold Louis d'Or 1673-A, MS64 NGC, a choice fully lustrous specimen with bold features and no adjustment marks or other flaws. Rarely seen in this deluxe grade." 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: approx. 89,529[2].

Specification: 6.75 g, .917 fine gold, plain edge, designed by Jean Warin.

Catalog reference: KM 219.1, Dr/4 no. 369, Dr/2 no. 235.


  • [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.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3026, World & Ancient Coins, featuring the RLM Collection, Part Two, the Nogales Collection and the Goetz Medals Die Archive, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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