France 1719-L louis d'or

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Goldberg sale 67, lot 3530
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins & Collectibles

This specimen was lot 3530 in Goldberg sale 67 (Los Angeles, January 2012), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "France. 1 Louis d' or, 1719-L (Bayonne). Louis XV, 1715-1774. Young laureate head right. Reverse: Maltese cross. Nice original mint luster. NGC graded AU-58." Droulers[2] notes this 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: unknown but not a rare date.

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

Catalog reference: Friedberg 453, KM 438.9, 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]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Stephen Harvey, Paul Rynearson and Jason Bradford, Pre-Long Beach Auction, Ancient & World Coins, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2011.

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