France 1722-X ecu

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Ponterio sale 158, lot 927
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates

An écu au grand écusson de France of the Amiens 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. The Amiens mint closed in 1770. This specimen was lot 927 in Ponterio sale 158 (New York, January 2011), where it did not sell. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE. Ecu, 1722-X. Amiens Mint. VERY RARE type in this high grade. Toned. NGC MS-62."

Recorded mintage: unknown but not 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-459.22; 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.
  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • [2]Ponterio, Richard, and Kent Ponterio, Ponterio sale 158: The 2011 N.Y.I.N.C. Auction, Irvine: Bowers and Merena, 2010.

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