France 1646-A louis d'or

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Sincona sale 4, lot 4737
This specimen was lot 4737 in Sincona sale 4 (Zurich, October 2011), where it sold for 1,300 CHF (about US$1,729 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANKREICH Louis XIV. 1643-1715 Louis d’or à la mèche longue 1646, Paris. Belorbeertes, jugendliches Brustbild nach rechts, darunter die Jahreszahl. Rv. Vier gekrönte Doppel-L ins Kreuz gestellt, in den Winkeln Lilien. Winz. Schrötlingsf. Vorzüglich. (France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, Louis d’or à la mèche longue of 1646, Paris mint. Obverse: youthful laureate bust to right, date below; reverse: four crowned double L's arrayed in a cross, fleur-de-lys in between. Adjustment marks, extremely fine.)"
This louis d'or à la mèche longue is among the more available louis of Louis XIV, being struck 1646-59. This issue is priced[1] about 20% more than the commonest date (1651-A).

Recorded mintage: 101,083[2].

Specification: 6.75 g, .917 fine gold, plain edge, designed by Jean Warin, this specimen 6,76 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl. 1422. Fr-418; KM 157.1; Gad-245, Dr/4 no. 345, Dr/2 no. 216.


  • [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]Numismatic Coins, Medals & Banknotes: Auction 4, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2011.

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