France 1711-G ecu

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Sincona sale 59, lot 1390
This specimen was lot 1360 in Sincona sale 59 (Zurich, October 2019), where it sold for 300 CHF (about US$363 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Frankreich, Konigreich, Louis XIV. 1643-1715. Ecu aux trois couronnes 1711 G, Poitiers. Sehr selten. Fast sehr schön. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, écu of the three crowns of 1711, Poitiers mint. Very rare, About very fine.)"
Shown is a écu aux trois couronnes ("écu with three crowns") struck at the Poitiers mint in the last years of Louis XIV's reign. This is last type of écu struck during the Sun King's life. The type was struck 1709-15 in substantial numbers. There are also 1/10, 1/4 and half écus struck during this period with this design. This date is somewhat scarce; Droulers[1] prices it about 35% higher than the common date (1713-A or 1715-A).

Recorded mintage: 102,654[1].

Specification: 30.59 g, .917 fine silver, 39-41 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVVM FAC REGEM, designed by Norbert Roéttiers, this specimen 30.18 g.

Catalog reference: Gadoury 229. Duplessy 1568, KM 386.6, Dav-1324, Dr/4 no. 524, Dr/2 no. 450.


  • [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.
  • 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.
  • [2]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 59: Gold and Silver Coins and Medals; Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2019.

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