France 1690-S louis d'or

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from Heritage sale 3049, lot 30735
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This specimen was lot 30735 in Heritage sale 3049 (Long Beach, September 2016), where it sold for $1,949.99. The catalog description[1] noted, "Louis XIV gold Louis d'Or 1690-S MS62 PCGS, Reims mint. Lightly-toned fields are affected only minimally by handling marks and the surfaces display warm, golden luster that whirls about. The eye is immediately entertained in an effort to decipher the bold details and determine the understrike which is still visible on both sides. Visually engaging and in a celebrated technical quality." This specimen is a louis d'or a l'écu, struck at the Dijon 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a series of "reformations" that occurred in France during the 1690's and 1700's. The type was struck until 1693 and was superseded by the louis d'or aux 4 L, which was issued 1693-1700. 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: 101,156 plus more "reformed" over older coins.

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

Catalog reference: KM278.15, Dupl-1435A; Gad-250; Fr-429, 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]Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3049, featuring the Ohio Valley Collection, the Redwood Collection and the F.P. Briand Collection, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2016.

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