France 1686-LL ecu

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Heritage sale 3008, lot 21147
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
Heritage sale 3004, lot 20830
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

The first specimen was lot 21147 in Heritage sale 3008 (New York, January 2011), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "Louis XIIII Ecu de Flandre 1686-IL (Lille), VF, lightly patinated surfaces, rare type featuring the arms of France and Old and New Burgundy. Small natural edge crack at the top." The second specimen was lot 20830 in Heritage sale 3004 (New York, January 2009), where it sold for $4,025. The catalog description[2] noted, "Louis XIIII Ecu 1686LL, XF45 NGC. Lille mint. Ecu Carambole/Blanc (1685-1686). Also known contemporarily as an Ecu de Bourgogne. The only French Ecu not struck to the usual 11D's fine standard. The coins were struck from old Spanish silver. The Ecu de Flandre was valued at 80 Sols (.40g fine silver/sol). Circulation was restricted to the Belgian provinces ceded by Spain in the recent wars. The usual Royal Ecu valued at 60 Sols resulted in a Sol of .42g fine silver. There is light toning with some luster in the devices. Even wear with no significant flaws. A superior type specimen of this most interesting provincial French Ecu. From the Grundy Collection." Struck 1685-86 from only a few mints, this is one of the rarest of French coin types. Half écus (Gad-182) also exist and are more available. The Lille mint switched to the "W" mintmark in 1693 and minted coins until 1857.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 37.65 g, .857 fine silver, edge lettered "DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM", designed by Norbert Roéttiers; the second specimen 37.45 g.

Catalog reference: Dav-3810, Gad-215, KM 257.2, Dr/4 no. 503.


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  • [1]Tucker, Warren, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3008: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.
  • [2]Tucker, Warren, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3004: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2009.

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