France 1718-9 louis d'or Fr-453

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Heritage sale 3004, lot 20912
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 20912 in Heritage sale 3004 (New York, January 2009), where it sold for $1,725. The catalog description[1] noted, "Louis XV gold Louis d'Or 1718 Rennes, choice lustrous AU, minor obverse flan flaws (as made). Youthful laureate bust of Louis XV, reverse with Maltese cross. KM only lists the 1719 date for this mint and leaves it unpriced." Droulers[2] notes this French type, called a louis d'or à la croix du Saint Esprit, was struck 1718-19 and replaced the louis d'or de Noailles, which was 12.23 grams.

Recorded mintage: 40,990.

Specification: 9.79 g, .917 fine gold, 24-25 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by Norbert Roëttiers, this specimen 9.69 grams.

Catalog reference: Friedberg 453, KM 438.22, Dr/4 no. 796, Dr/2 no. 532.


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  • 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [2]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3004: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2008.

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