France 1718-Z louis d'or Fr-453

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Heritage sale 3030, lot 23545
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This specimen was lot 23545 in Heritage sale 3030 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $4,406.25. The catalog description[1] noted, "Louis XV gold Louis d'Or 1718-Z, Grenoble mint, MS64 NGC, a sharply struck example with no adjustment marks and full golden mint luster. Highly attractive and rare in this elite certified grade. From The Formosa Collection." Droulers[2] notes this type, called a louis d'or à la croix du Saint Esprit, was struck in France 1718-19 and replaced the louis d'or de Noailles, which was 12.23 grams.

Recorded mintage: unknown but scarce.

Specification: 9.79 g, .917 fine gold, reeded edge, designed by N. Roéttiers.

Catalog reference: KM 438.21, Gad-336, Fr-453, Dr/4 no. 796, Dr/2 no. 532.


  • [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.
  • 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]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3030, featuring the RLM Collection, the Isaac Rudman Collection, the Hans Cook Collection and the Collection of Donald E. Bently, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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