France 1727-Pau louis d'or

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Heritage sale 3042, lot 33007
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The specimen shown is a scarce louis d'or du Béarn aux lunettes struck at Pau (cow mintmark) durng the early part of the reign of Louis XV of France. It is catalogued separately from the other mints because of the variant obverse legend, "LUD.XV.D.G. FR.ET.NA.RE.BD" instead of the usual "NAV.REX." Droulers[1] prices this date about 85% higher than the common date (1726-A). This specimen was lot 33007 in Heritage sale 3042 (Long Beach, September 2015), where it sold for $493.50. The catalog description[2] noted, "Louis XV gold Louis d'Or 1727-Cow VF - Damaged. Louis d'Or aux Lunettes issue. Cow mintmark indicates Pau mint, issued for the province of Bearn. This was a jewelry piece, with minor rim filing and surface issues. Yet the coin is quite rare, and virtually never appears for sale."

Recorded mintage: 27,842[1].

Specification: 8.16 g, .917 fine gold, 22-23 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by Norbert Roéttiers.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 800a, Dr/2 no. 540a, Gad-340A, KM 490.


  • [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]Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3042, featuring the Read and Bob Bennett Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.

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