France 1701-& louis d'or

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Heritage sale 3064, lot 30765
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This specimen was lot 30765 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "Louis XIV gold Louis d'or 1701-& MS63 NGC, Aix mint. An especially choice example of this overstruck issue and the highest certified across NGC and PCGS, showing a beautiful subdued luster playing across the creamy original surfaces and a bold striking. Some mild dark spots to the reverse and some visible elements of host coin persist, but in the main a spectacular specimen worthy of special collectors' attention." Droulers[2] calls this type a louis d'or aux 8 L et aux insignes (gold louis with 8 L's and insignia). This type is usually found struck over older coins, a process involving all French silver and gold coinage during 1690-1709. These "reformations" were the result of financial manipulations too tedious to discuss here. The louis d'or aux 8 L, struck 1700-04, was succeeded by the louis d'or aux insignes struck 1704-09.

Recorded mintage: 10,342 fn + unknown rf[2], a scarce date.

Specification: 6.75 g, .917 fine gold.

Catalog reference: Duplessy 1443A. Fr-436, Dr/4 no. 414, Dr/2 no. 270, KM 334.26.


  • [2]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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • 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.
  • [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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