France 1693-A ecu Dav-3813

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Goldberg sale 100, lot 2462
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This specimen was lot 2462 in Goldberg sale 100 (Los Angeles, September 2017), where it sold for $317.25. The catalog description[1] noted, "France. Ecu, 1693-A (Paris). Louis XIV. Bust right. Reverse: Crowned arms in palm sprays. Struck over earlier type. NGC graded About Uncirculated, Details (Polished)." The specimen shown is an écu aux palmes ("écu with palms") struck in Paris during the reign of Louis XIV of France. This type was struck 1693-1701 in large quantities, mostly overstriking older écus ("flans reformés"--see the specimen shown for the visible undertype). It was succeeded by the écu aux insignes. Droulers[1] prices this date as common, but even a common date is priced 20% higher than an écu à la mèche longue.

Recorded mintage: 102,720 fn + unknown rf + 17,319 fn + 835,190 rf écu aux 8 L[2].

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

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 510, Dr/2 no. 410, Dav-3813, KM 298.1.

Source:

  • [2]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.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 100: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2017

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