France 1720-N louis d'argent

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Heritage sale 3064, part of lot 29063
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This specimen was part of lot 29063 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), which sold for $480. The catalog description[2] noted, "Louis XV. Trio of Minor Silver Coins, ...3) Petit Louis d'argent (1/3 Écu) 1720-N Fine, Montpellier mint. From the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens." This type was introduced by John Law in 1720 as one-third of an écu along with a livre d'argent.. It was supplanted later in the year by the tiers d'écu, and most were melted to produce the latter coin. The petit louis is now quite scarce despite the substantial mintage.

Recorded mintage: 1,076,000[1].

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

Catalog reference: Duplessy 1664; Ciani 2136; Gad-305, KM 455.12 (there as a 1/3 Écu), Dr/2 no. 560, Dr/4 no. 831.


  • [1]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.
  • [2]Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.

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