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France 1/2 and 1 Ecu 1726 to 1740

 Date: 1739 
 Mint mark: not apparent 
 Size: large 
 Description from requester: This coin says 'LUX XV D G FR ET NAV REX' on the front with a bust of King Louis XV. On the back there is a seal, rather worn, It appears to be a coat of arms. The insciption reads 1739 'SIT NOMEN DOMINI BENEDICTUM' 
 [Request 2139 received from Jerry, Saturday, 05-Dec-2009, answered by Chris] 
 [This page reviewed and updated by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Wednesday, 17-Jul-2013] 

France 1/2 and 1 Ecu 1726 to 1740 | ecu france 2 1 shield wreath queen coat woman branch crown stalk flower sit rex seal xv fr nav bust Wow, Jerry. Nice coin. If you have a genuine ecu coin from Louis XV, you have an interesting, valuable piece.

The inscriptions on early French coins are almost identical on each coin. The things that vary are size, portrait, and crest design. CoinQuest took its best shot at identifying your coin. If we got it right, it is a 1/2 or 1 ecu. There are other possibilities, 20 sols.

Assuming we got it right, the value of your coin depends strongly on condition. In heavily worn condition you can figure a catalog value of about $20 US dollars. In average circulated condition, like the coin in the picture, the value goes up to $50 or so. Better preserved, the catalogs climb to $100 and more. Here are what the catalogs say about these terrific old coins:

1/2 ECU (32 mm diameter)
worn: $15 US dollars catalog value
average circulated (like our picture): $65
well preserved: $200
coins dated 1730 with a small cow mint mark: $200 in average circulated

1 ECU (42 mm diameter)
worn: $25 US dollars catalog value
average circulated (like our picture): $65
well preserved: $200
coins dated 1739 with a Q mint mark: $250 in average circualted condition
coins dated 1731 with a small cow mint mark: $150 in average circulated

Be sure you understand what 'catalog value' means by reviewing our Important Terminology page (link at upper left).

As a final word, old coins like this are often counterfeited. If you have a fake, it is essentially worthless. You know the history of your coin. If it has been in your family for years and years, it is probably genuine. If you bought it from eBay last week for $10, it is probably fake. Click on the 'Counterfeits' entry in our Category Index for more information.

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