France 1694-W 1/2 louis d'or

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Heritage sale 3035, lot 30484
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This specimen was lot 30484 in Heritage sale 3035 (Long Beach, September 2014), where it did not sell. The catalog description[2] noted, "Louis XIV gold 1/2 Louis d'Or 1694-W XF40 NGC, Lille mint. Lovely, lustrous yellow-gold example with pleasing original surfaces. Struck over previous type. Quite rare as this is currently the only certified 1/2 Louis d'Or from the Lille mint by either grading company." 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 in France 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 301.17, 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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • 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.
  • [2]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, and Warren Tucker, Heritage Signature Auction 3035, World and Ancient Coins, featuring the FoxLair Collection and the Law Collection, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.

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