France 1692-P ecu

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Sincona sale 43, lot 2203
This specimen was lot 2203 in Sincona sale 43 (Zurich, October 2017), where it sold for 850 CHF (about US$1,014 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"France, Louis XIV. 1643-1715 Ecu aux huit L 1692 P. Dijon Réformation. Fast-vorzüglich. NGC AU55. (France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, écu of the eight L's of 1692, Dijon mint, reformed. About extremely fine.)"
The specimen shown is an 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. Even a common date is priced two and a half times that of an écu à la mèche longue.

Recorded mintage: scarce in "flans neufs" plus "signalé mais non confirmé" 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 275.12, 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.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [2]Richter, Jürg, Sincona sale 43, Gold and Silver Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017

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