France 1719-& louis d'or

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Heritage sale 3064, lot 30771
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 30771 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $1,452. The catalog description[1] noted, "Louis XV gold Louis d'or 1719-& MS61 PCGS, Aix mint. A fairly scarce type to be encountered in mint state, this charming piece exhibits some adjustment marks across the head of the young king as well as the central area of the reverse. A pleasing design, the French coat-of-arms is overlapping the Maltese cross." 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 slightly scarce[2].

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

Catalog reference: KM 438.23, Fr-453, Dr/4 no. 796, Dr/2 no. 532.


  • 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.
  • [2]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • [1]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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