France 1722-A louis d'or

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Heritage sale 3004, lot 20913
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
from the Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale, lot 20212
France SB118-20212r.jpg

The first specimen is a louis d'or aux 2 L, struck at the Paris mint (mintmark "A") during the minority of king Louis XV. It was lot 20913 in Heritage sale 3004 (New York, January 2009), where it sold for $3,450. The catalog description[1] noted, "Louis XV gold Louis d'Or 1722A, MS61 NGC, remarkably bold design features on both sides with no adjustment marks, lightly toned and very attractive. Rare type in mint state." The second specimen was lot 20212 in Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $4,560. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE. Louis d'Or, 1722-A Paris Mint Louis XV (1715-74). NGC MS-64. louis d'or aux deux L, from a type struck 1720-23 during the John Law period. Single finest certified at either NGC or PCGS. A VERY SCARCE type compared to the louis d'or aux lunettes (1726-40). This example is slightly weakly struck from rusted dies but plenty of luster and no adjustment marks. This date is known restruck over older "louis d'or à la croix du Saint-Esprit" but we see no trace of such on this specimen." This type was struck 1720-23 from twenty-seven mints but is very rare. This type was superseded by the louis d'or Mirliton, palmes longues, struck 1723-25. That coin in turn was superseded by the louis d'or aux lunettes, struck 1726-40.

Recorded mintage: 292,000 estimated ("flans neufs" and "flans reformées" together).

Specification: 9.79 g, .917 fine gold, 24-26 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by Norbert Roéttiers.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 797, Dr/2 no. 534, Fr-456; KM-461.1; Gad-337.


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  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • 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.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3004: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2008.
  • [2]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio, John Kraljevich and Cris Chatigny, The January 2018 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, featuring the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.

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