France 1712-T 1/10 ecu

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CNG Lissner sale, lot 266

This specimen was lot 266 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $399.30. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE, Royal. Louis XIV le Roi Soleil (the Sun King). 1643–1715. AR Dixième d’écu aux trois couronnes. Nantes mint; différents: griffin/sun. Dated 1712 T. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 63. Moderately toned uncirculated with tiny hints of luster. Highest ever graded for the date and type. Purchased from M. Louis Teller, September 1975." Shown is a dixième d'écu aux trois couronnes (tenth écu with three crowns) struck at the Nantes mint in France in the last years of Louis XIV's reign. This is the only type of tenth écu struck during the Sun King's life. The type was struck 1709-15 in substantial numbers. There are also 1/20, 1/4, 1/2 and one écus struck during this period with this design. This date is slightly scarce; Droulers[1] prices it about 25% higher than the common date (1710-A or 1711-9).

Recorded mintage: 152,700[1].

Specification: 2.44 g, .208 fine silver, 22.5-25 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Norbert Roëttiers. This specimen 23 mm diameter, 2.99 g, 6h axis.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 722, Dr/2 no. 454, Duplessy 1571; Ciani 1940; KM 379.17.


  • [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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • [2]Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.

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