France 1720-W louis d'argent

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CNG Lissner sale, lot 282

This specimen was lot 282 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $3,932.50. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE, Royal. Louis XV le Bien-Aimé (the Well-Beloved). 1715–1774. AR Petit louis d’argent. Lille mint; différents: bar/lozenge. Claude-François Hardy, engraver. Jean-Baptiste Baret, director. Dated 1720 W. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 65. Very choice lightly toned uncirculated. Lots if luster, a sharp fresh look. Finest Petit louis ever graded. Extremely rare so choice. Purchased from Randolph Zander." 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: 985,638[1].

Specification: 8.15 g, .917 fine silver, 26-28 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by N. Roéttiers. This specimen 27 mm diameter, 8.13 g, 6h axis.

Catalog reference: Duplessy 1664; Ciani 2136; Gad-305, KM 455.1 (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.
  • 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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