France 1679-9 ecu

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Sincona sale 51, lot 3444
This specimen was lot 3444 in Sincona sale 51 (Zurich, October 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description[2] noted,
"Frankreich, Louis XIV. 1643-1715. Ecu du Palement 1679 "9", Rennes. NGC XF45. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, écu du Parlement of 1679, Rennes mint.)"
This type was struck 1672-85 in fairly large quantities but was the victim of repeated "reformations," where older écus were called in and restruck. As a result, the type is rare today. It was succeeded by the écu drapé à l'antique of 1684-87. Droulers[1] prices this date as common, but even a common date is priced over three times that of an écu à la mèche longue.. Numerous varieties of the bust exist, including Dr/4 no. 480 and Dr/4 no. 482.

Recorded mintage: 679,827.

Specification: 27.45 g, .917 fine silver, 37-41 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by F. Warin.

Catalog reference: Gad-209, Dr/4 no. 479, KM 226.20, Dav-3805.

Source:

  • [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.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • [2]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 51: Gold and Silver Coins and Medals; Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2018.

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