France 1695-A 1/2 louis d'or

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Goldberg sale 90, lot 3452
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This specimen was lot 3452 in Goldberg sale 90 (Los Angeles, January 2016), where it sold for $264.50. The catalog description[2] noted, "France. ½ Louis d'or, 1695-A. Louis XIV. Type of four L's. Struck over 1691 earlier type. Uneven flan. Fine." While louis d'or of Louis XIV turn up occasionally, the demi-louis are all scarce to rare. This type, the demi-louis d'or aux 4 L, was struck 1693-1700.

Recorded mintage: unknown but common for the type.[1]

Specification: 3.37 g, .917 fine gold, 20-21 mm diameter, reeded edge.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 421, Dr/2 no. 267, KM 301.1, Fr-434; Gad-240.


  • [1]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.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [2]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 90: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2016.

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