France 1690-9 ecu

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from the Stacks Bowers 2018 ANA sale, lot 20399
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This specimen was lot 20399 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE. Ecu, 1690-9. Rennes Mint. Louis XIV (1643-1715). NGC MS-63. An écu aux 8 L from the first reformation of 1690 to 1693. Reformations (a form of capital levy) occurred again in 1693, 1701 and 1704. This date is notable for having an upside-down mintmark ("6" vs "9") but is not otherwise scarce. This example, struck from eroded dies, is quite the anomaly in terms of preservation however, with sparkling luster over nearly brilliant surfaces and strong detail within the designs. Only the slightest traces of undertype are visible. Undeniably a world-class survivor." This type was struck 1690-93 and is the first reasonably common type after the scarce dates of the 1670's and 1680's. Gadoury notes this mint as common.

Recorded mintage: 75,748 fn + 1,260,922 rf, a fairly common date.

Specification: 27.45 g, .917 fine silver, edge lettered DOMINE SALVVM FAC REGEM, designed by Joseph Roéttiers.

Catalog reference: Dr/5 no. 457, Dr/4 no. 508, Dr/2 no. 396, Dupl. 1514, Gad-216, Dav-3811, KM 275.21.


  • [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, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The August 2018 Philadelphia ANA Auction: World Coins and Selections from the El Dorado Collection of Colombian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.

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