France 1694-X ecu

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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The specimen shown is an écu aux palmes ("écu with palms") struck in Amiens 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 about 60% more than the common date, but even a common date is priced 20% higher than an écu à la mèche longue.

Recorded mintage: 42,497 "flans neufs" plus 496,911 "flans reformés."[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, Dav-3813, KM 298.21.

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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.

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