France 1690-X ecu

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Sincona sale 6, lot 1120
This specimen was lot 1120 in Sincona sale 6 (Zurich, May 2012), where it sold for 1700 CHF (about $2,092 with buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANKREICH Louis XIV. 1643-1715. Ecu aux huit L 1690, Amiens. Flan neuf. Büste rechts unter strahlender Sonne. Rv. Vier gekrönte Doppelinitialen ins Kreuz gestellt, in der Mitte Mzz. X, in den Winkeln Lilien. Selten, besonders in dieser Erhaltung. Vorzüglich. Ex Auktion F. R. Künker 100, Osnabrück, 21. 6. 2005, Los 487. (France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, écu aux 8 L's of 1690, Amiens mint. Obverse: bust to right, sunburst above; reverse: four crowned double 'L's' in cross pattern, fleur-de-lys in fields, mintmark in center. Rare in this grade, extremely fine. From Kunker sale 100, June 2008, lot 487)"
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: 460,269 fn + unknown rf.

Specification: 27.45 g, .917 fine silver, edge lettered DOMINE SALVVM FAC REGEM, designed by Joseph Roéttiers; this specimen is 27.18 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 508, Dr/2 no. 396, Dupl. 1514, Gad-216, Dav-3811, KM 275.16.


  • Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals, Banknotes & Books: Auction 6, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2012.

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