France 1773-A louis d'or
This specimen was lot 6355 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2017), where it sold for $517. The catalog description noted, "FRANCE. Louis d'Or, 1773-A. Paris Mint. Louis XV (1715-74). NGC EF-40. Softly struck on a planchet showing some rough spots and small laminations as made. A few adjustment marks are present across head and reverse arms. These issues aside there is a lack of any later made detracting marks and less actual wear than the grade would imply. Lightly toned and with significant soft luster." 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: 183,239, a somewhat common date.
Specification: 8.15 g, .917 fine gold, 24 mm diameter, designed by J. C. Roettiers.
Catalog reference: Fr-467; KM-556.1; Gad-342; Dupl-1646, Dr/4 no. 802, Dr/2 no. 546.
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