France 1680-A ecu

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Ponterio sale 177, lot 34639
photo courtesy Stacks Bowers LLC

The specimen shown is an écu à la cravate ("écu of the necktie") struck in Rennes during the reign of Louis XIV of France. This specimen was lot 34639 in Ponterio sale 177 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $282. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE. Ecu, 1680-A. NGC VF Details--Polished. Louis XIV (1643-1715). Parliamentary bust, type 2." 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. Four varieties are listed, of which this is the fourth, marked by the hooked nose of the king.

Recorded mintage: 363,358 (est.)[1].

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

Catalog reference: Gad-210, KM 226.1, Dr/4 no. 459, Dr/2 no. 348A, Dav-3805.


  • [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.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1600-1700, Galesburg, IL, 1974.
  • [2]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 177: The August 2013 Chicago ANA Auction, World Coins, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2013.

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