France 1707-A louis d'or
This specimen was lot 20205 in Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $3,600. The catalog description noted, "FRANCE. Louis d'Or, 1707-A Paris Mint Louis XIV (1643-1715). NGC MS-61. louis d'or aux insignes et aux cheveux longs from a VERY SCARCE type struck 1704-09. Second finest certified at either NGC or PCGS. The ravages of age and sin are clearly evident on the king's visage. Light contact marks account for the assigned grade. Good strike with lovely orange peel tone in the peripheries. Lustrous and attractive." Droulers notes two obverses were used simultaneously at the Paris mint; this one, credited to Joseph Roéttiers, and a more haggard portrait with shorter hair (Dr/4 no. 416), attributed to Norbert Roéttiers.
Reported Mintage: 48,828, all on new blanks.
Specification: 6.75 g, .917 fine gold, 24-26 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by Joseph Roéttiers.
Catalog reference: Fr-442; KM-367; Gad-255, Dr/4 no. 415, Dr/2 no. 274.
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