France 1739-A louis d'or

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Heritage sale 3076, lot 33778
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This specimen was lot 33778 in Heritage sale 3076 (Long Beach, CA, September 2019), where it sold for $1,080. The catalog description[1] noted, "France: Louis XV gold Louis d'Or 1739-A MS62 NGC, Paris mint, Far nicer than the grade suggests, with radiating, golden surfaces and fully-raised design features, particularly atop the King's features. Typical abrasions from handling, along with a few more heavier grazes, ultimately preclude the choice designation. Still very collectible in all regards. Ex. Bern Collection." This type is recorded for 1726-40 and is among the more common gold coins of the ancien régime.

Recorded mintage: 74,411[2], a fairly common date.

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

Catalog reference: KM 489.1, Dr/4 no. 800, Gadoury 340, Fr-461.


  • 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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • [2]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.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano and Warren Tucker, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3076, featuring the Allen Moretti Swiss Collection and the James Mossman Collection of Canadian Coinage, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2019.

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