France 1723-D ecu

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from Stack's Bowers 2017 NYINC sale, lot 2393
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This specimen was lot 2393 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2017), where it sold for $3,760. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. Ecu, 1723-D. Lyon Mint. Louis XV (1715-74). NGC MS-63. Handsome example of this five year type. Medium gray toning over surfaces with subdued luster beneath. Oxblood and royal blue lustrous highlights found in the tighter details and in the legends giving an appealing look when turned in light. Seldom encountered in this high state of preservation and very desirable as such." An écu au grand écusson de France of the Lyon mint, struck while Louis XV was a minor. Droulers[2] 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: 80,764 on new blanks plus a unknown but substantial number struck over older coins.

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: Dav-1328; KM-459.6; Gad-319; Dupl-1665; Ciani-2107; Dr/2 no. 566, Dr/4 no. 817; DFW-445.


  • [2]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.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 5th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2010.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, The January 2017 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, featuring the Richard Stuart Collection, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.

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