France 1697-M louis d'or
his specimen was lot 30764 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $1,020. The catalog description noted, "Louis XIV gold Louis d'or 1697-M AU58 PCGS, Toulouse mint. An extremely unusual and previously unknown date for this mint, this lemon-gold example exhibits an abundant coverage of original luster over a comparatively boldly rendered striking. Centrally over-struck and with charmingly subtle attributes of the host coin present, this is the sole certified example by either PCGS or NGC, extremely rare, and one for the specialist collector." This type, known as a louis d'or aux 4 L, was struck in France 1693-1700, mostly over older coins.
Recorded mintage: unknown, presumably rare.
Specification: 6.75 g, .917 fine gold.
Catalog reference: Fr-433; Gad-252; Dup-1439; KM 302.13 (date unlisted), Gad-252 9unlisted date), Dr/4 no. 412 (unlisted date), Dr/2 no. 266.
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- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3032, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.