France 1725-A 1/2 ecu

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CNG Lissner sale, lot 285
Stack's Bowers 2020 ANA sale, lot 21173
from the Mountain Groan Collection
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The first specimen was lot 285 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $2,722.50. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE, Royal. Louis XV le Bien-Aimé (the Well-Beloved). 1715–1774. AR Demi-écu aux huit L. Paris mint; différents: fox/flower. Georges Röettiers, engraver. Mathieu Renard de Tasta, director. Dated 1725 A. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 64. Superb strike and beautiful obverse even patina in a pale violet blue-green with fully lustrous multicolored reverse. A superb coin. One of only two in this grade. Purchased from Louis Collins, August 1973." The second specimen was lot 21173 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Las Vegas, August 2020), where it sold for $1,440. The catalog description[3] noted, "FRANCE. 1/2 Ecu, 1725-A. Paris Mint. Louis XV. PCGS AU-58 Gold Shield. Sporting gunmetal gray surfaces largely dominated hues of burgundy and russet, this wonderful specimen would appear to be a bit conservatively graded in the opinion of this cataloger, with little evidence of any actual wear. Assuredly, a premium quality piece for the grade assigned." This is a very scarce type, struck 1725 only.

Recorded mintage: 2,330,472[1], a common date.

Specification: 11.75 g, .917 fine silver, .722 troy oz ASW, 32 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM, designed by Norbert Roëttiers. The first specimen 32 mm diameter, 11.8 g, 6h axis.

Catalog reference: Gad-312, Duplessy 1671; Ciani 2113; KM 478.1, Dr/2 no. 575, Dr/4 no. 826.


  • [1]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.
  • [2]Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.
  • [3]Orsini, Matt, Richard Ponterio and Kyle Ponterio, The August 2020 ANA Auction: World Coins, featuring the Duke of Lansing Collection, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2020.

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