France 1732-A 1/2 louis d'or

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Sincona sale 38, lot 1302
This specimen was lot 1302 in Sincona sale 38 (Zurich, May 2017), where it sold for 425 CHF (about US$510 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"Louis XV. 1715-1774 1/2 Louis dor aux lunettes 1732 A. Paris. Sehr schön-vorzüglich. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, gold half louis of the spectacles of 1732, Paris mint. Very fine-extremely fine.)"
This type is recorded for France for 1726-39 but all the dates are rare with the possible exception of the 1726-A.

Recorded mintage: 4,000[1], a very scarce date.

Specification: 4.08 g, .917 fine gold, 20 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by J.-C. Roéttiers. This specimen 4.03 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl. 1641; Gadoury 329. Fr-462, Dr/4 no. 808, Dr/2 no. 541.


  • [1]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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • 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.
  • [2]Jürg Richter, Auction 38, Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.

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