France 1721-B 1/3 ecu

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CNG Lissner sale, lot 283

This specimen was lot 283 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $514.25. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE, Royal. Louis XV le Bien-Aimé (the Well-Beloved). 1715–1774. AR Tiers d’écu – Louis d’argent. Rouen mint; différent: root. Pierre Racine de Bocherville, engraver. Michael Abraham Cottard, director. Dated 1721 B. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 64. Darkly patinated with underlying silver. Choice uncirculated. Only specimen graded for this date and only one graded higher for the type." 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 Rouen mint and is a better date.

Recorded mintage: 1,878,690 on new blanks plus an unknown but probably large quantity restruck[1].

Specification: 8.15 g, .917 fine silver, 26-28 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by N. Roéttiers. This specimen 27 mm diameter, 8.14 g, 6h axis.

Catalog reference: Duplessy 1667; Ciani 2109; KM 457.3, Dr/2 no. 568, Dr/4 no. 832.


  • [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.
  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • 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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