France 1720-X louis d'argent

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Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 1403
This specimen was lot 1403 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it sold for €450 (about US$597 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AR petit louis d'argent (tiers d'écu), 1720X, Amiens. D/ B., dr. et cuir. à d. R/ Croix formée de huit L couronnés, cantonnée de quatre lis. Belle patine. Rare dans cette qualité. Superbe à Fleur de Coin. Provient de notre liste 208, mars 2000, 451. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, small silver louis (one-third écu) of 1720, Amiens mint. Obverse: draped and armored bust right; reverse: cross formed of eight crowned "L's", cantonned with four lilies. Nice patina, rare in this quality, Extremely Fine - Uncirculated.)"
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: 668,631[2].

Specification: 8.15 g, .917 fine silver, 26-28 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by N. Roéttiers, this specimen 8,15 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/2 no. 560, Dr/4 no. 831, Dupl-1664; Gad-305.

Source:

  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • [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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 141, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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