France 1764-Pau louis d'or

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Goldberg sale 67, lot 3532
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins & Collectibles

This specimen was lot 3532 in Goldberg sale 67 (Los Angeles, January 2012), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "France. 1 Louis d' or au bandeau, 1764-L (Bayonne). Issued for Province of Bearn. Louis XV, 1715-1774. Large head with hair ribbon left. Reverse: Crown over two oval shields. Lovely original mint fresh luster. NGC graded MS-64." This specimen is not from Bayonne but from the Pau mint as evidenced by the cow mintmark on the reverse. This date is slightly scarce. The Bayonne mint, a major producer of silver coin, minted little gold.

Recorded mintage: 44,962.

Specification: 8.158 g, .917 fine gold, 24 mm diameter, reeded edge.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 801a, Dr/2 no. 543a, Fr-464; KM-514.


  • Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Stephen Harvey, Paul Rynearson and Jason Bradford, Pre-Long Beach Auction, Ancient & World Coins, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2011.

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