France 1725-W ecu

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Heritage sale 3081, lot 30477
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 30477 in Heritage sale 3081 (New York, January 2020), where it sold for $2,520. The catalog description[1] noted, "France: Louis XV Ecu 1725-W MS64 NGC, Lille mint. A very scarce type in Mint condition, made yet more alluring by glowing argent surfaces, perfectly framed in gently placed charcoal accents at the legends. The finest example of this mint-date seen by NGC. Ex. Künker Auction 100 (June 2005, Lot 494). 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[2] 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: 551,286[2].

Specification: 23.59 g, .917 fine silver, .695 troy oz ASW, 38-39 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM, designed by Norbert Roëttiers.

Catalog reference: KM 472.22, Dr/4 no. 818, Dr/2 no. 574, Dav-1329, Dup-1670, Gad-320, Ciani-2112.

Source:

  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [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.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Sam Spiegel, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3081, featuring the Caranett Collection, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2019.

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