France 1709-D louis d'or

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Künker sale 336, lot 6048
This specimen was lot 6048 in Künker sale 336 (Osnabruck, Germany, March 2020), where it sold for €1,600 (about US$2,094 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANKREICH, KÖNIGREICH, Louis XIV, 1643-1715. Louis d'or au soleil 1709, D, Lyon. GOLD. Sehr schön +. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715. louis d'or of the sunburst, 1709, Lyon mint. Very fine or better.)"
This type was struck 1709-15 in some numbers; the Lyon mint was second to Paris in emitting gold. It was the last louis of Louis XIV.

Recorded mintage: 431,131, a common date of a scarce type.

Specification: 8.15 g, .917 fine gold, 24-26 mm diameter, this specimen 8.10 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 417, Duplessy 1449; Fr-444; Gadoury 256, KM 390.


  • [2]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • 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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 336: Gold coins from all over the World|German Coins after 1871. Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2020.

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