France 1677-Pau louis d'or

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Heritage sale 425, lot 51076
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 51076 in Heritage sale 425 (New York, January 2007), where it sold for $17,250. The catalog description[1] noted, "Louis XIV gold Louis d'or juvenile et laure du Bearn 1677 Pau, Youthful laureate head right/ A cross of four cruciform, crowned double L's, fleur de lis in angles, fully lustrous, Choice AU. An extremely rare type and this date is unpublished in Gadoury. Ex. Christie's Gallia sale, London, October 6, 1987, lot 252. The original Christie's sale envelope is included. From the Sanssouci Collection." 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: "tres peu"[2].

Specification: 6.75 g, .917 fine gold, plain edge, designed by Jean Warin; this specimen 6.70 grams.

Catalog reference: F-421, Gad-246a, Dup-1427, Dr/4 no. 361, Dr/2 no. 228.


  • [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]Tucker, Warren, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 425: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2006.

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