France 1692-K ecu

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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The specimen shown is a French écu aux 8 L struck in Bordeaux during the reign of Louis XIV. This type was struck 1690-93 in large quantities, mostly overstriking older écus ("flans reformés"). It was succeeded by the écu aux palmes. Droulers[1] prices this date about 15% higher than common, but even a common date is priced two and a half times that of an écu à la mèche longue.

Recorded mintage: 25,825 "flans neufs" plus an unknown but probably large number of "flans reformés."

Specification: 27.45 g, .917 fine silver, 38-41 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVVM FAC REGEM, designed by Joseph Roéttiers.

Catalog reference: Gadoury 216, Dav-3811, KM 275.8, Dr/4 no. 508, Dr/2 no. 396.

Source:

  • [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.

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