France 1723-G 1/3 ecu

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Ponterio sale 151, lot 9165
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates

This specimen was lot 9165 in Ponterio sale 151 (Baltimore, November 2009), where it sold for $557.75. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. 20 Sols, 1723-G. Louis XV (1715-74). Ex: John Jay Pittman, lot #4088. Light adjustment marks on the reverse, dark toned. CHOICE UNCIRCULATED." The type was struck 1720-23 in large numbers while the adventurer John Law dominated the French government. Many were struck over petit Louis d'argent struck in 1720. This specimen is from the Poitiers mint.

Recorded mintage: 120,570 (all "flans neufs")[2].

Specification: 8.15 g, .917 fine silver, 26-28 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by Norbert Roéttiers.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 832, Dr/2 no. 568, KM 457.8.


  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, and Kent Ponterio, Ponterio sale 151: The 2009 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Bowers and Merena, 2009.
  • [2]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • 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.

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