France 1726-E 1/5 ecu

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Goldberg sale 91, lot 2622
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This specimen was lot 2622 in Goldberg sale 91 (Los Angeles, June 2016), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "France. 24 Sols (1/5 Ecu), 1726-E (Tours) NGC MS63. Louis XV. Beautiful iridescent toning. NGC graded MS-63." Shown is a cinquième d'écu aux branches d'olivier ("fifth écu with olive wreath") struck at the Tours mint. Tours struck this 1726-29 only. The mint was closed in 1771. The fifth écu was the ancien régime version of a twenty cent piece tho never struck in sufficient numbers to really convert France to a decimal currency.

Recorded mintage: 53,391 (somewhat scarce).

Specification: 5.89 g, .917 fine silver, reeded edge, designed by J.-C. Roéttiers.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 840, Dr/2 no. 581, KM 482.6 (unlisted date), Gad-298.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 91: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2016.

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