France 1770-K 2 louis d'or

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Heritage sale 3026, lot 24532
photo courtesy Heritage Auctions

This specimen was lot 24532 in Heritage sale 3026 (Long Beach, October 2013), where it sold for $2,702.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Louis XV gold 2 Louis d'Or 1770-K, Bordeaux, MS63 NGC, fully struck and lustrous with just a bit of faint haymarking. Unlisted date/mint in the KM book, but noted as R4 in Gadoury." This type was struck for France 1742-73 in some numbers but the Bordeaux mint output, tho steady, was always small. It would be a rare mint if collectors collected these by mint. As such, it receives little premium over a common date such as the Strasbourg issues of 1743-49. It was succeeded by the double louis d'or à la vieille tête.

Recorded mintage: 3,893.

Specification: 16.31 g, .917 fine gold, reeded edge, 28-29 mm diameter, designed by J.-C. Roéttiers.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 792, Dr/2 no. 542, KM 519.9.


  • 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.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3026, World & Ancient Coins, featuring the RLM Collection, Part Two, the Nogales Collection and the Goetz Medals Die Archive, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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