France 1720-A 1/3 ecu

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Ponterio sale 155, lot 7226
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates
from the Mountain Groan Collection
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This specimen was lot 7226 in Ponterio sale 155 (Baltimore, November 2009), where it sold for $235.75. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. 1/3 Ecu, 1720-A. Louis XV (1715-74). Toned. NGC AU-55." The type was struck 1720-23 in large numbers while the adventurer John Law dominated the French government. Many were struck over petit Louis d'argent struck in 1720. This specimen is from the Paris mint and is the commonest date.

Recorded mintage: 6,908,339 "flans neufs" plus 8,374,384 "flans reformées"[2].

Specification: 8.15 g, .917 fine silver, 26-28 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by Norbert Roéttiers.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 832, Dr/2 no. 568, Gad-306; KM-457.1.


  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, and Kent Ponterio, The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Bowers and Merena, 2010.
  • [2]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition, Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • 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.

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