France 1723-A ecu

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from Stack's Bowers 2016 ANA sale, lot 20432
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This specimen was lot 20432 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Anaheim, CA, August 2016), where it did not sell. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE. Ecu, 1723-A. Louis XV (1715-74). NGC MS-61. Draped laureate young bust right. Clear evidence of having been overstruck on an earlier 1718-A or 1719-A armored young bust type (KM-435.1) with the mint mark easily readable. An all white example without a trace of tone, beaming bright luster, and the portrait in particular is quite nice." An écu au grand écusson de France of the Paris 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.

Recorded mintage: 1,308,260[1].

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

Catalog reference: Dr/2 no. 566, Dr/4 no. 817, KM-459.1; Dav-1328; Gad-319; Dupl-1665.


  • [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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • 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, The August 2016 Anaheim ANA Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.

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