France 1721-K 1/6 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 1416
This specimen was lot 1416 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it sold for €190 (about US$252 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AR sixième d'écu de France, 1721K, Bordeaux. Réformation. D/ B. jeune à d., l., dr. et cuir. R/ Ecu de France couronné. Très Beau à Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, silver sixth écu of France of 1721, Bordeaux mint, reformed. Obverse: laureate, draped and armored young bust right; reverse: crowned arms of France. Very Fine - Extremely Fine.)"
This specimen is a sixth écu de France struck at the Bordeaux mint. It is a better date of a common type struck 1720-23, both on new blanks and "reformed" over older coins, most likely twenty sols de France-Navarre.

Recorded mintage: 902,868, all rf[2].

Specification: silver, 11 deniers (.917 fine), 60 pieces to the mark (4.079 g), face value 30 sols, 24 mm diameter. Engraved by Norbert Roéttiers, this specimen 4,07 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 845, Dr/2 no. 572, Dupl-1668; Gad-297.


  • 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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