France 1679-B ecu

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Sincona sale 47, lot 1656
This specimen was lot 1656 in Sincona sale 47 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 350 CHF (about US$420 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANKREICH, Konigreich, Louis XIV. 1643-1715. Ecu du Palement 1679 B, Rouen. Sehr schön. Schrötlingsfehler am Rand und leicht justiert. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715. écu parliament of 1679, Rouen mint. Very fine, Flan defect on edge and slightly adjusted.)"
This type was struck 1672-85 (at Rouen 1679-83) 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[2] prices this date as common, but even a common date is priced over three times that of an écu à la mèche longue.

Recorded mintage: 29,369[2], a somewhat better date.

Specification: 27.45 g, .917 fine silver, plain edge, designed by Norbert Roëttiers, this specimen 26.97 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 460, Dr/2 no. 348B, Gadoury 209. Dav-3805.


  • [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.
  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Auction 47, World Coins and Medals, Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2018.

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