France 1726-L 1/2 louis d'or

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from the Stack's Bowers 2017 NYINC sale, lot 6347
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This specimen was lot 6347 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2017), where it sold for $540.50. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE. 1/2 Louis d'Or, 1726-L. Bayonne Mint. Louis XV (1715-74). PCGS AU-50. First year for type and a more scare mint for such. Moderate even wear to devices with no detracting marks otherwise. Toned with some underlying luster." This is a half louis d'or aux lunettes minted at Bayonne (mintmark "L") during the reign of Louis XV of France. The type was struck 1726-39. Like all half louis, it is rare but this issue is probably the most available of all demi-louis d'or.

Recorded mintage: 32,485[1], a common date.

Specification: 4.08 g, .917 fine gold, reeded edge, designed by J.-C. Roéttiers.

Catalog reference: Fr-462; KM-488.7; Gad-329; Dupl-1641; Ciani-2086; Dr/4 no. 808; DFW-479.


  • [1]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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • [2]Ponterio, Richard, The January 2017 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, featuring the Richard Stuart Collection, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.

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