France 1723-W ecu

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CNG Lissner sale, lot 284

This specimen was lot 284 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $2,057. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE, Royal. Louis XV le Bien-Aimé (the Well-Beloved). 1715–1774. AR Écu de France. Lille mint; différents: bar/lozenge. Claude-François Hardy, engraver. Jean-Baptiste Baret, director. Dated 1723 W. In NGC encapsulation graded UNC DETAILS/Surface hairlines. Superbly toned and beautifully struck uncirculated. Quite scarce as a type in choice grade. Purchased from Bowers & Ruddy, May 1972." This is an écu au grand écusson de France of the Lille 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: 15,409[1], a better date.

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 38 mm diameter, 24.31 g, 6h axis.

Catalog reference: Dav-1328, Duplessy 1665A; Ciani 2107; KM 459.1, Dr/2 no. 566, Dr/4 no. 817.


  • [1]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.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • [2]Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.

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