France 1725-R louis d'or

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from Heritage sale 3049, lot 30738
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This specimen was lot 30738 in Heritage sale 3049 (Long Beach, September 2016), where it sold for $1,997.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Louis XV gold Louis d'Or 1725-R UNC Details (Saltwater Damage) NGC, Orleans mint, A superior example that was likely recovered from Le Chameau, a French sailing ship that wrecked off the coast of Nova Scotia in 1725. As such, the open fields appear satiny while the design elements are boldly defined throughout. Additionally, this coin was struck at the rarely encountered Orleans mint, making this historical selection all the more appealing." This type superseded the louis d'or Mirliton, palmes courtes, struck in France in 1723, and was replaced by the louis d'or aux lunettes, struck in large quantities 1726-40.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.

Recorded mintage: 45,943, a slightly better date.

Specification: 6.52 g, .917 fine gold, 22-23 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by J. Röettiers.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 799, Dr/2 no. 538, KM-Unlisted, Fr-459, Gad-338.


  • 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3049, featuring the Ohio Valley Collection, the Redwood Collection and the F.P. Briand Collection, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2016.

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