France 1737-A louis d'or

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Heritage sale 397, lot 13178
photo courtesy Heritage Auctions

This specimen was lot 13178 in Heritage sale 397 (New York, January 2006), where it sold for $632.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Louis XV gold Louis d'Or 1737A, MS62 NGC, an appealing example with abundant mint luster, light toning and very bold details." Another specimen was lot 20914 in Heritage sale 3004 (New York, January 2009), where it also sold for $632.50. It was described as "Louis XV gold Louis d'Or 1737A, MS61 NGC, sharply struck with no adjustment marks."

Note the dot under the "D" in "LUD". In a practice unique to the Paris mint, coins minted in the second semester of the year were marked with a dot below the king's name. Droulers[2] prices this issue the lowest for 1737 altho several other mints produced more coins. Paris mint coins tended to be saved more heavily than branch mint products. The type was produced in France 1726-40 with 1726-A being the most frequently encountered date.

Recorded mintage: 11,238[2].

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

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 800, Dr/2 no. 540, KM 489.1.


  • [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.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 397: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2005.

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