France 1749-A 1/2 louis d'or
This specimen was lot 30769 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $2,160. The catalog description noted, "Louis XV gold 1/2 Louis d'or 1749-A MS63 NGC, Paris mint. A lustrous example with light reddish tone around the peripheries and excellent detail, showing virtually no evidence of planchet adjustments over either side. Much scarcer than the full Louis d'or of the same type, this piece is the only example currently certified at NGC." This is a half louis d'or au bandeau minted at Paris (mintmark "A") during the reign of Louis XV of France. The type was struck 1741-53 and intermittently 1755-70. Like all half louis, it is very rare. Droulers gives this date no premium over the common date (1741-A) but this coin is too rare to collect by date.
Recorded mintage: 1,130.
Specification: 4.08 g, .917 fine gold, reeded edge, designed by J.-C. Roéttiers.
Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 809, Dr/2 no. 544, KM 517.1, Fr-465, Gad-330.
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- Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
- Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.