France 1701-A ecu

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Heritage sale 3024, lot 23811
from Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 23811 in Heritage sale 3024 (Chicago, April 2013), where it sold for $1,233.75. The catalog description[2] noted, "Louis XIIII Ecu 1701-A, AU58 NGC, struck over an earlier Ecu but with bold details including the date and mintmark, an attractive coin with a strong bust of the King and old-time cabinet patina. Sold with an auction tag from Coin Galleries July 1955, Lot 1043." This French écu aux insignes was struck 1701-03, mostly overstriking older écus ("flans reformés"). It was succeeded by the écu aux 8 L, 2éme type. Droulers[1] notes this date as common.

Recorded mintage: 14,374 struck on new blanks plus 8,168,648 "reformed"[1].

Specification: 27.45 g, .917 fine silver, 39-41 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVVM FAC REGEM, designed by Joseph Roéttiers.

Catalog reference: KM329.1, Dav-1316, Dr/4 no. 513, Dr/2 no. 420.


  • [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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • [2]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3024, featuring the Kairos and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collections, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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