France 1710-A 1/2 louis d'or

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Goldberg sale 55, lot 972
photo courtesy Ira & Larry Goldberg

This specimen was lot 972 in Goldberg sale 55 (Beverly Hills, October 2009), where it sold for $4,370. The catalog description[1] noted, "France. ½ Louis d'or, 1710-A (Paris). Louis XIV. Old laureate head with long hair right. Reverse: Four cruciform crowned double L's, fleur de lis in angles, sun in center. Sharply struck example with considerable original luster. Very scarce denomination and rare in grade. NGC graded MS-63." This type is catalogued as a demi-louis d'or au soleil, struck at various mints 1709-15. Despite some substantial mintages, the type is rare, rarer than the preceding demi-louis d'or aux insignes of 1701-09.

Recorded mintage: 71,449.

Specification: 4.08 g, .917 fine gold, 19-21 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by Joseph Roëttiers.

Catalog reference: Fr-445; KM-388.1; Gad-243, Dr/4 no. 426, Dr/2 no. 279.


  • 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • 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.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg Sale 55: Ancient & World Coins, Beverly Hills, CA: Ira and Larry Goldberg Auctioneers, 2009.

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