France 1768-A louis d'or

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from the Stacks Bowers 2018 ANA sale, lot 20434
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This specimen was lot 20434 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. Louis d'Or, 1768-A. Paris Mint. Louis XV (1715-74). NGC MS-61. Well struck and attractively toned with eye grabbing gleam in the fields. The finest graded example of this date at NGC or PCGS." This is a late date of the louis d'or au bandeau, which was struck 1740-74. It is reported as common, along with the 1768-R; other mints are known to have struck this type in 1768 but no survivors have turned up.

Recorded mintage: 236,956[2], a common date.

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

Catalog reference: Fr-464; KM-513.1; Gad-341; Dr/5-728, Dr/4 no. 801, Dr/2 no. 543.


  • [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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • 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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The August 2018 Philadelphia ANA Auction: World Coins and Selections from the El Dorado Collection of Colombian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.

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