France 1690-A 1/2 louis d'or

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Heritage sale 3015, lot 24709
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 24709 in Heritage sale 3015 (Long Beach, September 2011), where it sold for $1,725. The catalog description[1] noted, "Louis XIIII gold 1/2 Louis d'Or 1690-A, AU Details NGC (surface hairlines), very lightly cleaned and now attractively toned, struck over an earlier coin but the details are quite sharp." The demi-louis d'or is much scarcer than its larger brother, tho this type, the demi-louis d'or a l'écu, turns up occasionally. It was issued in France 1690-1693.

Recorded mintage: 177,771 (all restruck over earlier types).

Specification: 3.37 g, .917 fine gold, 20-21 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 277.1, Dr/4 no. 418, Dr/2 no. 262, Fr-430.


  • 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]Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3015, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2011.

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