France 1725-C ecu
This specimen was lot 30476 in Heritage sale 3081 (New York, January 2020), where it sold for $2,220. The catalog description noted, "France: Louis XV Ecu 1725-C MS64 NGC, Caen mint. Praiseworthy for this lesser-seen mint, and for the issue as a whole, featuring steel and olive tone over underlying luster, the central features fairly well-expressed and with only localized adjustment at the obverse periphery. Ex. UBS Gold & Numismatik Auction 62 (January 2005, Lot 2111). From the Cape Coral Collection of French Ecus and 5 Francs." This is An écu aux 8 L of the Caen mint, struck while Louis XV was a minor. Droulers notes the type as rather scarce as most were melted in the great reform of 1726. A number were recovered from the wreck of Le Chameau but most were corroded. This type is the lowest weight écu struck during the reign of Louis XV.
Recorded mintage: 1,046,547.
Specification: 23.59 g, .917 fine silver, .695 troy oz ASW, 38-39 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM, designed by Norbert Roéttiers, this specimen 23.59 g.
Catalog reference: KM 472.5, Dr/4 no. 818, Dr/2 no. 574, Dav-1329, Dup-1670, Gad-320, Ciani-2112.
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- 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.
- Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Sam Spiegel, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3081, featuring the Caranett Collection, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2019.
- 1724-A écu aux 8 L
- 1724-N écu aux 8 L
- 1724-9 écu aux huit L
- 1725-C 1/16 écu aux 8 L
- 1725-A huitième d'écu aux 8 L
- 1725-R 1/8 écu aux 8 L
- 1725-X quart d'écu aux 8 L
- 1725-A demi-écu aux 8 L
- 1725-AA demi-écu aux 8 L
- 1725-V demi-écu aux 8 L
- 1725-A écu aux 8 L
- 1725-Q écu aux huit L
- 1725-R écu aux 8 L
- 1725-W écu aux 8 L
- 1725-X écu aux 8 L
- 1725-& écu aux 8 L
- 1725-D louis d'or Mirliton grandes palmes
- 1725-R louis d'or Mirliton grandes palmes
- 1726-C écu aux branches d'olivier
- Coins and currency dated 1725
- return to French Royal coinage (to 1793)