France 1718-D louis d'or Fr-453

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from the Stacks Bowers 2018 ANA sale, lot 20409
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This specimen was lot 20409 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. Louis d'Or, 1718-D. Lyon Mint. Louis XV (1715-74). PCGS MS-64 Secure Holder. Well struck and impressively fresh with dazzling luster that enlivens the surfaces. Very minimally handled as well, although a tiny as-made void on Louis XV's cheek is worthy of mention. Presently the single finest graded of the issue at PCGS with a single other example from a different mint matching this coin for the finest graded of the short-lived Maltese Cross type." 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: 432,208[2] plus a few louis d'or de Noailles.

Specification: 9.79 g, .917 fine gold, reeded edge, 22-23 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 798, Dr/2 no. 537, Fr-453; KM-438.6; Gad-336.


  • [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.
  • 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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The August 2018 Philadelphia ANA Auction: World Coins and Selections from the El Dorado Collection of Colombian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.

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