France 1720-K 1/3 ecu

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Stack's Bowers ANA sale, lot 30418
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This specimen was lot 30418 in Stack's Bowers ANA auction (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $305.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. 1/3 Ecu, 1720-K. NGC MS-63. Bordeaux mintmark." 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 Bordeaux mint and is a common date.

Recorded mintage: 342,705 (new) plus 388,245 struck over older coins[2] (a common date).

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

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 832, Dr/2 no. 568, KM-457.11; Gad-306.

Source:

  • [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.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, The August 2014 Chicago ANA Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Featuring the David O'Harrow Collection, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2014.

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