France 1686-A ecu

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Heritage sale 3004, lot 20828
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 20828 in Heritage sale 3004 (New York, January 2009), where it sold for $5,175. The catalog description[1] noted, "Louis XIIII Ecu 1686A, AU58 NGC. Paris mint. Ecu Blanc-Small Bust/Milled Edge (1685-1689). The first use of the Castaing machine to produce a milled lettered edge in relief was utilized in the coinage of this type. The type comes both ways, with, and without a milled edge. The first milled edges were applied in Paris May 1685. A very pleasing example of one of the rarest Ancient Regime regular mint types. From the Grundy Collection." This type is listed in Gadoury as the écu à la perruque ("écu of the wig") and in Droulers as the écu drapé à l'antique. Struck 1694-89 from only a few mints and nearly completely restruck in the ensuing reformations, this is one of the rarest of French coin types. Half écus (Gad-181) also exist but are even rarer.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.45 g, .917 fine silver, edge lettered "DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM", designed by Norbert Roéttiers; this specimen 27.31 g.

Catalog reference: Dav-3809, Gad-214, Dr/4 no. 500, Dr/2 no. 390B, KM 255.1.


  • 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.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3004: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2008.

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