France 1645-A louis d'or

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Heritage sale 3032, lot 24648
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This specimen was lot 24648 in Heritage sale 3032 (Chicago, April 2014), where it sold for $4,112.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Louis XIV gold Louis d'or à la mèche courte 1645-A, Paris mint, MS62 NGC. An absolutely lovely example of the young bust of Louis XIV. Attractive and bright in every way, this virtually flawless piece has incredibly crisp details and abundant, flashy luster. A premium piece and currently one of only two certified mint-state examples of this date." This louis d'or à la mèche courte is among the more available louis of Louis XIV of France, being struck 1643-56. Only Lyon struck this type after 1645. This issue is priced[2] about 70% more than the commonest date of the mèche longue type (1651-A).

Recorded mintage: 174,108[2].

Specification: 6.75 g, .917 fine gold, plain edge, designed by Jean Warin.

Catalog reference: Dupl. 1419; Gad-244, KM-149.1, Fr-415, Dr/4 no. 344, Dr/2 no. 213.


  • [2]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, 9th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2017.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3032, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.

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