France 1718-W louis d'or Fr-453

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Heritage sale 3040, lot 29673
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Droulers[1] 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. This specimen was lot 29673 in Heritage sale 3040 (Chicago, April 2015), where it sold for $3,055. The catalog description[2] noted, "Louis XV gold Louis d'or à la croix du Saint-Esprit 1718-W MS64 NGC, Lille mint. Nearly gem, this dazzling gold selection features the young laureate head of King Louis XV and the round arms of France centered within the cross of the Holy Spirit. Full-bodied luster is readily apparent as are glorious, honey-gold surfaces that glisten from every angle. A bit of softness within the legends does little to detract from the eye-appeal of this otherwise boldly-detailed offering."

Recorded mintage: 111,600 plus 29,943 of the louis d'or de Noailles.

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

Catalog reference: KM 438.18, Dr/4 no. 796, Dr/2 no. 532, Fr-453.


  • 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • [2]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage Signature Auction 3040, featuring the Santa Maria, the Alan Dean and the Valley View Life Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.

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