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Kingdom of France, Louis XV, Ecu 1716

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Kingdom of France, Louis XV, Ecu 1716 (obverse) Kingdom of France, Louis XV, Ecu 1716 (reverse)

Louis XV sat on the French throne for 52 years (1715-1774). His coins depict him at different ages; on the écu shown here, the little king is about six years old. Such silver coins had once been introduced by Louis XV's great-great-grandfather, whose name had been Louis as well (XIII). Since then, the écu had always depicted the portrait of a king named Louis. For that reason these coins were also known as Louis d'argent, silver Louis.

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