France 1693-E ecu Dav-3813

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from the Stacks Bowers 2018 ANA sale, lot 20400
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This specimen was lot 20400 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $840. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE. Ecu, 1693-E. Tours Mint. Louis XIV (1643-1715). NGC MS-62. Blast white and lustrous, struck over a slightly earlier 1691-B dated Ecu (Gad-216) from the Rouen Mint. RARE certified quality, presently unmatched in grade at NGC or PCGS." The specimen shown is an écu aux palmes ("écu with palms") struck in Tours during the reign of Louis XIV. 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: 919 fn + unknown rf + 2,372 fn of the écu aux 8 L[1].

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, Gad-217, Dav-3813, KM 298.7.


  • [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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