France 1742-A louis d'or

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Heritage sale 3024, lot 23827
from Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 23827 in Heritage sale 3024 (Chicago, April 2013), where it sold for $1,703.75. The catalog description[2] noted, "Louis XV gold Louis d'Or 1742/1-A, AU58 PCGS, nicely toned with bold details and full mint bloom, minor surface encrustation on the reverse." The louis d'or au bandeau was struck in France 1740-74 and is the commonest gold coin of Louis XV after the louis d'or aux lunettes of 1726-40. This product of the Paris mint is noted as common tho no overdate is mentioned.

Recorded mintage: 65,589[1].

Specification: 8.16 g, .917 fine gold, 24 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by J.-C. Roéttiers.

Catalog reference: KM 513.1, Dr/4 no. 801, Dr/2 no. 543.


  • [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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