France 1741-B 1/5 ecu

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CNG Lissner sale, lot 290

This specimen was lot 290 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $726. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE, Royal. Louis XV le Bien-Aimé (the Well-Beloved). 1715–1774. AR Cinquième d’écu au bandeau. Rouen mint; différents: root/spade. Pierre Racine de Bocherville, engraver. Alexandre le Peinturier de Guillerville, director. Dated 1741 B. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 63. Choice strike with very lustrous charcoal gray patina. This is a very choice coin with tremendous eye appeal. The highest ever graded for date and type. Purchased from World-Wide Coins of California, November 1982." This coin, called a 1/5 écu au bandeau, was the French equivalent of a twenty cent piece. In the coinage system of the ancien régime, the 1/5 écu = 24 sols. The type was struck 1741-74 and is recorded for the Rouen mint ("B") for 1741-42 only.

Recorded mintage: unknown but a scarce date.

Specification: 5.9 g, .917 fine silver, 26 mm diameter, designed by J.-C. Roéttiers. This specimen 26 mm diameter, 5.86 g, 6h axis.

Catalog reference: Duplessy 1682; Ciani 2126; KM 515.3, Dr/2 no. 586, Dr/4 no. 841.


  • [1]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [2]Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.

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