France 1729-K louis d'or

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from Sedwick Treasure Auction 21, lot 145

This specimen was lot 145 in Sedwick Treasure Auction 21 (Winter Park, FL, May 2017), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "France (Bordeaux mint), Louis d'or, Louis XV, 1729-K, from the Auguste (1761), encapsulated NGC genuine/AU details/L'Auguste de Bordeaux. Lustrous but grainy due to salvage (note how NGC calls this AU but ICCS calls it VF, showing the confusion in grading shipwreck coins!), very rare provenance. From the Auguste (1761), with ICCS tag #ST 010 'VF-30.'" This type is recorded for 1726-40 and is among the more common gold coins of the ancien régime. Bordeaux issued some louis d'or every year except 1737.

Recorded mintage: 49,399, a better date but not rare[2].

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

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 800, Dr/2 no. 540, Fr-461, Dupl-1640, Gad-340, KM-489.11.

Source:

  • Clairand, Armand, Monnaies de Louis XV, Le temps de la Stabilité Monetaire, 1726-1774, Paris: Maison Platt, 1996.
  • [2]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • 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.
  • [1]Sedwick, Daniel F., Augi Garcia and Cori Sedwick Downing, Treasure Auction #21, featuring Selections from the Richard Stuart Collection, Winter Park, FL: Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC, 2017.

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