France 1695-E louis d'or

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Heritage sale 3064, lot 30759
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This specimen was lot 30759 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $1,500. The catalog description[1] noted, "Louis XIV gold Louis d'or 1695-E AU58 PCGS, Tours mint. An extremely rare date and mint combination for this series, this being the sole example certified by either NGC or PCGS. The obverse die shows evidence of rust giving a speckled texture to the surface, but this does not disguise the bold portrait of Louis nor the fully-defined strike. A lustrous and fetching rarity." This type, known as a louis d'or aux 4 L, was struck in France 1693-1700, mostly over older coins. Twenty-four mints contributed in 1695. The obverse portrait is misshapen, hinting at a contemporary counterfeit.

Recorded mintage: 2,000 new, unpriced in Droulers.

Specification: 6.75 g, .917 fine gold.

Catalog reference: Fr-433; Gad-252; Dup-1439; KM 302.7, Gad-252, Dr/4 no. 412, Dr/2 no. 266.

Source:

  • 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.
  • 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 3032, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.

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