France 1725-A ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 135, lot 1416
This specimen was lot 1416 in Jean Elsen sale 135 (Brussels, December 2017), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AR écu aux huit L, 1725A, Paris. D/ B. jeune, l., dr. et cuir. à d. R/ Croix formée de quatre lis couronnés, cantonnée de huit L. Rare Fines stries d'ajustage. Très Beau à Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, silver écu of the eight "L's" of 1725, Paris mint. Obverse: laureate, draped and armored young bust to right; reverse: cross formed of four crowned lilies, with eight "L's" in the fields. Rare, adjustment marks, Very Fine - Extremely Fine.)"
An écu aux 8 L of the Paris 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: 3,581,770[2], the highest mintage date.

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, this specimen 23,64 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl. 1670; Gad-320, Dr/4 no. 818, Dr/2 no. 574, Dav-1329, KM 472.1.


  • [2]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.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 135, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2017.

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