France 1724-O louis d'or

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Heritage sale 3021, lot 20543
France 1724O louis dor rev Heritage 3021-20543.jpg

This specimen was lot 20543 in Heritage sale 3021 (New York, January 2013), where it sold for $2,561.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Louis XV gold Louis d'Or 1724-O, MS62 PCGS, remarkably sharp design features with lightly toned surfaces, scarce mint (Riom)." This type superseded the louis d'or Mirliton, palmes courtes, struck in 1723, and was replaced by the louis d'or aux lunettes, struck in large quantities 1726-40. A number were recovered from the wreck of Le Chameau but most were corroded. This type is the lowest weight French louis struck during the reign of Louis XV. The Riom mint closed in 1765; most of its products are rare but this one is not.

Recorded mintage: 101,306.

Specification: 6.52 g, .917 fine gold, 22-23 mm diameter, reeded edge.

Catalog reference: KM470.14, C.2083, L.675, Dy.1638, Dr/44 no. 799, Dr/2 no. 538, Fr-459, Gadoury-339.


  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3021, featuring the Cecil Webster, Richard P. Ariagno and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collection, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.
  • 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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.

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