France 1725-D louis d'or

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Heritage sale 3010, lot 20875
France 1725D louis dor rev Heritage 3010-20875.jpg

This specimen was lot 20875 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $2,185. The catalog description[1] noted, "Louis XV gold Louis d'Or 1725D, MS63 NGC, Lyon Mint, the SCWC only lists 1724 for this type and prices it well above other mints. Full mint brilliance with just a few tiny flaws." This type superseded the louis d'or Mirliton, palmes courtes, struck in France in 1723, and was replaced by the louis d'or aux lunettes, struck in large quantities 1726-40. A number were recovered from the wreck of Le Chameau but most were corroded. This type is the lowest weight louis struck during the reign of Louis XV. This date is rare.

Recorded mintage: 3,119.

Specification: 6.52 g, .917 fine gold, 22-23 mm diameter, reeded edge; this specimen: 6.51 grams, 23 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: C.2083, L.675, Dy.1638, Dr/4 no. 799, Dr/2 no. 538, KM 470.5, Fr-459, Gadoury-339.


  • Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.

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