France 1721-W ecu

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Heritage sale 3004, lot 20872
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

The specimen shown is an écu au grand écusson de France of the Lille 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 20872 in Heritage sale 3004 (New York, January 2009), where it sold for $6,325. The catalog description noted, "Louis XV Ecu 1721W, MS64 NGC. Lille mint. Ecu de France. [Flan Reforme]-trefoil below bust. Very little of host coin shadows through. No adjustment marks. Well struck with nicely toned, original, lustrous surfaces. A superb type specimen. Ex: Felix Couchard."

Recorded mintage: unknown but a rare date; 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 Roéttiers, this specimen 24.39 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 817, Dr/2 no. 566, KM 459.21, Dav-1328, Gad-319.

Source:

  • [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.

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