France 1720-S louis d'argent

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Sincona sale 51, lot 3452
This specimen was lot 3452 in Sincona sale 51 (Zurich, October 2018), where it sold for 250 CHF (about US$302 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"Frankreich, Louis XV. 1715-1774. 1/3 Ecu (Petit Louis dargent) 1720 S, Reims. Selten. Sehr schön-vorzüglich. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, one-third écu or little silver louis of 1720, Reims mint. Rare, Very fine-extremely fine.)"
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: 170,860 fn + large number rf[1].

Specification: 8.15 g, .917 fine silver, 26-28 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by N. Roéttiers; this specimen 8.17 g.

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]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 51: Gold and Silver Coins and Medals; Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2018.

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