France 1719-W louis d'or

From CoinFactsWiki
Jump to: navigation, search
Heritage sale 3040, lot 29674
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 29674 in Heritage sale 3040 (Chicago, April 2015), where it sold for $2,585. The catalog description[1] noted, "Louis XV gold Louis d'or à la croix du Saint-Esprit 1719-W MS63 NGC, Lille mint. Featuring the young laureate head of King Louis XV and the round arms of France centered within the cross of the Holy Spirit, this harvest-gold specimen presents well-struck devices, ample original mint bloom, and minor die striations which are typical to the type. An interesting piece, seldom encountered in this choice classification." 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: 104,427.

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

Catalog reference: Friedberg 453, KM 438.18, 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.

Link to: