France 1786-A louis d'or

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Heritage sale 3026, lot 24535
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This specimen was lot 24535 in Heritage sale 3026 (Long Beach, October 2013), where it sold for $1,175. The catalog description[1] noted, "Louis XVI gold Louis d'Or 1786-A, MS63 NGC, fully lustrous and attractive with no adjustment marks or other flaws." This louis d'or à la tête nue is the most common gold coin of the French ancien régime, created when the Louis d'or was lowered from 8.16 g to 7.65 g. The years 1786-87 are common as the mints melted down and reminted old tenor gold, but the later dates (1788-92) are much scarcer. This date from Paris is the most common.

Recorded mintage: 4,081,749 (highest mintage gold coin of the ancien régime).

Specification: 7.65 g, .917 fine gold, 22-23 mm diameter, reeded edge.

Catalog reference: Dupl-1707; Ci-2183; Gad-361, KM 591.1, Dr/4 no. 881, Dr/2 no. 605.


  • Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • [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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