France 1721-R ecu

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Heritage sale 3040, lot 29671
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

The specimen shown is an écu au grand écusson de France of the Orléans mint, struck while Louis XV was a minor. Droulers[1] notes the type as rather scarce but more available than the succeeding écu aux 8 L of 1724-25. The type was issued 1720-24. This specimen was lot 29671 in Heritage sale 3040 (Chicago, April 2015), where it sold for $3,172.50. The catalog description[2] noted, "Louis XV Ecu 1721-R MS62 NGC, Orleans mint. A broad example of this type featuring the draped, laureate young bust of Louis XV and the crowned arms of France. Exquisitely toned in steel-gray patination with darker graphite and russet tones dripping from the devices. Struck over an earlier type with a considerable amount of previous strike visible on both the obverse and reverse. Scarce in a mint state designation, and highly appealing as such."

Recorded mintage: 158,618; all "flans reformées".

Specification: 24.47 g, .917 fine silver, .722 troy oz ASW, 38 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM, designed by Norbert Roëttiers.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 817, Dr/2 no. 566, KM 459.7, Dav-1328, Gad-319.


  • [1]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 5th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2010.
  • 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]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage Signature Auction 3040, featuring the Santa Maria, the Alan Dean and the Valley View Life Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.

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