France 1711-H 1/2 louis d'or

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale, lot 20206
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This specimen was lot 20206 in Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. 1/2 Louis d'Or, 1711-H. La Rochelle Mint. Louis XIV (1643-1715). NGC AU-58. The sole certified example graded at NGC, none of this type graded at PCGS. A RARE date (listed as "R4" in Gadoury) of a very scarce type, the demi-louis d'or au soleil, struck 1709-15. A premium example without problems. Sharply struck with soft satin luster. Brilliant and highly attractive." 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.

Reported Mintage: 9,489.

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

Catalog reference: Fr-445; KM-388.7; 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.
  • 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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio, John Kraljevich and Cris Chatigny, The January 2018 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, featuring the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.

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