France 1786-D louis d'or

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Heritage sale 3010, lot 20881
France 1786D louis dor rev Heritage 3010-20881.jpg

This specimen was lot 20881 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $1,955. The catalog description[1] noted, "Louis XVI gold Louis d'Or 1786D, MS64 NGC, intensely lustrous, a superb coin in all respects." 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 Lyon is given a slight premium over the Paris mint issue.

Recorded mintage: 899,019.

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

Catalog reference: Dupl-1707; Ci-2183; Gad-361, KM 591.5, 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]Tucker, Warren, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.

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