France 1690-& louis d'or

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale, lot 20198
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This specimen was lot 20198 in Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $2,640. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. Louis d'Or, 1690-&. Aix Mint Louis XIV (1643-1715). NGC MS-64. A louis d'or à l'écu of the Aix mint struck over an earlier louis of the Caen mint, probably a louis d'or à la mèche longue. No signs of wear or mishandling although the obverse has plenty of die polish lines. Bold strike with soft satin luster." This type was struck 1690-93 and is the first reasonably common type after the scarce dates of the 1670's and 1680's. Gadoury notes this mint as slightly scarce with none known on new blanks.

Reported Mintage: 116,000 struck on new blanks (none reported to exist) plus 115,456 restruck.

Specification: 6.75 g, .917 fine gold, plain edge, designed by Joseph Roëttiers.

Catalog reference: Fr-429; KM-278.18; Gad-250.


  • 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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio, John Kraljevich and Cris Chatigny, The January 2018 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, featuring the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.

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