France 1726-D louis d'or

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Heritage sale 3037, lot 29400
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This specimen was lot 29400 in Heritage sale 3037 (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $2,350. The catalog description[2] noted, "Louis XV gold Louis d'or 1726-D MS64 NGC, Lyon mint, A nearly flawless specimen with vibrant, golden surfaces and an exacting strike. Remnants of the under type are visible upon the reverse. Most engaging and highly pleasing in this deluxe quality." The marks noted in the description are not those of an undertype (this type was not struck over earlier types) but adjustment marks. This louis d'or aux lunettes is recorded for 1726-40 and is among the more common gold coins of the French ancien régime, this date is fairly common.

Recorded mintage: 479,795[1].

Specification: 8.158 g, .917 fine gold, 24 mm diameter, reeded edge.

Catalog reference: Duplessy 1640. Fr-461. Dr/4 no. 800, Dr/2 no. 540, KM 489.6, Fr-461.


  • [1]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • 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.
  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [2]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3037, featuring the Empire, the Santa Catarina, the Law and the Santa Maria Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.

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