France 1716-E ecu

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from the Stack's Bowers 2019 NYINC sale, lot 42763
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This specimen was lot 42763 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2019), where it sold for $312. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. Ecu, 1716-E. Tours Mint. Louis XV (1715-74). NGC AU-50. Attractive for the grade with few large marks and deep olive tone that blankets both sides." An écu vertugadin of the Tours mint, struck while Louis XV was a minor. Droulers[2] notes the 1716-E as common as "flan reformé" (struck over an earlier type) while "flans neufs" are accorded a 20% premium. The specimen shown is a "flan reformé." The type was struck 1715-18 in substantial numbers but was replaced by the écu de France-Navarre, which is only 24.47 grams.

Recorded mintage: 141,091 new plus 867,891 restruck over older coins.

Specification: 30.59 g, .917 fine silver, .902 troy oz ASW, 41 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM, designed by Norbert Roéttiers.

Catalog reference: KM-414.7, Dr/4 no. 813, Dr/2 no. 553, Dav-1326.

Source:

  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio, Matt Orsini and Cris Chatigny, The January 2019 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018..
  • [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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