France 1723-T ecu

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Sincona sale 39. lot 3632
This specimen was lot 3632 in Sincona sale 39 (Zurich, May 2017), where it sold for 7,500 CHF (about US$8,995 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Königreich, Louis XV. 1715-1774 Ecu de France 1723 T. Nantes. Sehr selten in dieser Erhaltung. FDC. Prachtvolle Erhaltung mit herrlicher Patina. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, écu of France of 1723, Nantes mint. Very rare in this condition. Uncirculated. Beautiful condition with magnificent patina.)"
This is an écu au grand écusson de France of the Nantes 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: 243,760 on new blanks plus 15,619 "reformed".

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 is 24.56 g.

Catalog reference: Duplessy 1665A; Ciani 2107; KM 459.20, Dr/2 no. 566, Dr/4 no. 817; Dav-1328; Gadoury 319.


  • [2]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • 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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, 1789-2011, 20me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2011.
  • [1]Jürg Richter, Auction 39, World coins and medals, coins and medals from Switzerland, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.

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