France 1725-X ecu

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Heritage sale 3021, lot 20542
France 1725X ecu rev Heritage 3021-20542.jpg

This specimen was lot 20542 in Heritage sale 3021 (New York, January 2013), where it sold for $2,937.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Louis XV Ecu 1725-X, MS62 NGC, very bold details on both sides with aged cabinet patina and full underlying mint luster. A choice French Crown!" An écu aux 8 L of the Amiens mint, struck while Louis XV of France 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: 682,011.

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.

Catalog reference: Dupl. 1670; Gad-320, KM 472.23, Dr/4 no. 818, Dr/2 no. 574, Dav-1329.


  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3021, featuring the Cecil Webster, Richard P. Ariagno and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collection, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.
  • [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.
  • 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.

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