France 1738-C louis d'or

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from Heritage sale 3049, lot 30741
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This specimen was lot 30741 in Heritage sale 3049 (Long Beach, September 2016), where it sold for $1,177. The catalog description[1] noted, "Louis XV gold Louis d'Or 1738-C MS63 NGC, Caen mint. From the scarcely-seen mint of Caen, with sun-kissed golden surfaces and an obverse that experiences striated tone in shades of graphite gray. Choice detail is readily noticeable and just a bit of strike softness is expressed in the centers. An engaging piece from all angles and conditionally scarce at this level of Mint State." This type is recorded for 1726-40 and is among the more common gold coins of the ancien régime of France.

Recorded mintage: 9,789, a definitely better date.

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

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 800, Dr/2 no. 540, Fr-461, Dupl-1640, KM 489.5, Gad-340.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3049, featuring the Ohio Valley Collection, the Redwood Collection and the F.P. Briand Collection, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2016.

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