France 1727-N ecu

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Ponterio sale 169, lot 10218
photo courtesy Stack's Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 10218 in Ponterio sale 169 (Baltimore, November 2012), where it sold for $558. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. Ecu, 1727-N. Montpellier Mint. NGC MS-62. Louis XV (1715-74)." Most Montpellier mint issues are scarce. Droulers reports 1726-1740 from this mint. The mint operated throughout the ancien regime but did not survive the Revolution. The type was struck 1726-40 during the reign of Louis XV of France. This coin was part of the great coinage reform of Cardinal Fleury which finally terminated the manipulations which had disrupted the economy since the 1690's.

Recorded mintage: 294,132, slightly scarce.

Specification: 29.49 g, .917 fine silver, 39-41 mm diameter, edge lettered, DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 819, Dr/2 no. 579, Dav-1330; KM-486.14; Gad-321; Dup-1675; DFW-480.


  • 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.
  • 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 Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 169: The November 2012 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2012.

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