France 1735-BB 1/2 louis d'or

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Heritage sale 3024, lot 23817
from Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 23817 in Heritage sale 3024 (Chicago, April 2013), where it sold for $1,500.01. The catalog description[2] noted, "Louis XV gold 1/2 Louis d'Or 1735-BB, AU58 NGC, unlisted date and mintmark in the SCWC, highly lustrous and bold, very attractive and presumably rare." This type is recorded for France for 1726-39 but all the dates are rare with the possible exception of the 1726-A. Droulers[1] lists issues for Strasbourg for 1726, 1732 and 1734-35 but all are rare.

Recorded mintage: 400[1].

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

Catalog reference: KM 488.3, 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.
  • 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 David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3024, featuring the Kairos and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collections, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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