France 1772-A louis d'or

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Kunker sale 264, lot 3091
This specimen was lot 3091 in Künker sale 264 (Osnabrück, June 2015), where it sold for €2,800 (about US$3,617 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"KÖNIGREICH Louis XV, 1715-1774. Louis d'or à la vieille tête 1772, A, Paris. GOLD. RR Fast vorzüglich. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, gold louis of the old head of 1772, Paris mint. Rare, choice extremely fine.)"
This scarce type was issued 1771-74 from six mints but the vast majority of survivors are from the Paris mint. Double louis and demi-louis also exist, the demi-louis being extremely rare.

Recorded mintage: 161,542.

Specification: 8.15 g, .917 fine gold, reeded edge, 24 mm diameter, this specimen 8.13 g.

Catalog reference: Duplessy 1646; Fr-467; Gadoury 342, Dr/4 no. 802, Dr/2 no. 546.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 264, Gold coins | Russian Coins and Medals | German Coins after 1871, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015.

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