France 1738-P louis d'or

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from Heritage sale 3064, lot 30772
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This specimen was lot 30772 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $630. The catalog description[1]Cristiano noted, "Louis XV gold Louis d'or 1738/7-P XF Details (Cleaning) PCGS, Dijon mint. From a rare mint, this example displays evidence of light circulation on the raised motifs, with frosty luster over the obverse and surfaces that show light evidence of cleaning on the reverse." This type is recorded for 1726-40 and is among the more common gold coins of the ancien régime of France. This example appears crude enough to be counterfeit but we presume that PCGS gave it their closest scrutiny.

Recorded mintage: 4,725, a definitely better date.

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, KM 489.16, 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 and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.

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