France 1728-T ecu

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Sincona sale 43, lot 2210
This specimen was lot 2210 in Sincona sale 43 (Zurich, October 2017), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"France, Louis XV. 1715-1774 Ecu aux lauriers 1728 T. Nantes. Gutes vorzüglich. Hübsche Patina. Leicht justiert. NGC AU58. (France, Louis XV. 1715-1774, écu of the laurel wreath of 1728, nantes mint. Good extremely fine, Attractive patina, Minor adjustment marks.)"
Droulers reports 1726-1740 from this mint. The mint closed in the nineteenth century. The type was struck 1726-40 during the reign of Louis XV; Nantes struck the type without interruption and many dates are common. 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: 383,743[2], a slightly better date.

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

Catalog reference: KM 486.20, Gadoury 321: R (1728/6 reported); Dr/4 no. 819, Dav-1330.


  • [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.
  • 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.
  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Sincona sale 43, Gold and Silver Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.

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