France 1725-Q ecu

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Sincona sale 63, lot 816
This specimen was lot 816 in Sincona sale 63 (Zurich, June 2020), where it sold for 1,400 CHF (about US$1,754 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Frankreich, konigreich, Louis XV. 1715-1774. Ecu aux huit L 1725 Q, Perpignan. Selten. Sehr schön-vorzüglich. Stempelbruch und justiert. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, écu of the eight L's of 1725, Perpignan mint. Rare, Very fine-extremely fine, Die crack and adjusted.)"
This is an écu aux 8 L of the Perpignan 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. This date obtains about a 45% premium over the 1725-A.

Recorded mintage: "très peu"[2].

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 23.29 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 818, Dr/2 no. 574, Gadoury 320, KM 472.17, Dav-1329.


  • [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.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 9th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2017.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Richter, Jurg, Sincona sale 63: Gold and Silver Coins and Medals, SINCONA Bullion Auction, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2020

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