France 1690-L louis d'or

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Heritage sale 3030, lot 23540
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This specimen was lot 23540 in Heritage sale 3030 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $2,585. The catalog description[1] noted, "Louis XIV gold Louis d'Or 1690-L Crowned, MS63 NGC, fully lustrous and attractive with a few faint planchet flaws on the obverse. The reverse is exceptionally choice with virtually no contact marks. Very scarce type in mint state. The crowned L mintmark is the symbol for the Lille Mint. From The Formosa Collection." This specimen is a louis d'or a l'écu, struck at the Lille mint as part of a series of "reformations" that occurred in France during the 1690's and 1700's. The type was struck until 1693 and was superseded by the louis d'or aux 4 L, which was issued 1693-1700. In 1693, the Lille mint changed its mintmark from the crowned "L" to the "W" it would use until its final closure in 1857. While no gold coins of Louis XIV can be called inexpensive, this period is the most available until the louis d'or aux lunettes of 1726-40.

Recorded mintage: unknown but scarce.

Specification: 6.75 g, .917 fine gold, reeded edge, designed by J. Roéttiers.

Catalog reference: KM 278.20, Gad-250, Droulers/4 no. 406, Droulers/2 no. 258.


  • 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 David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3030, featuring the RLM Collection, the Isaac Rudman Collection, the Hans Cook Collection and the Collection of Donald E. Bently, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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