France 1701-Pau ecu

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Ponterio sale 168, lot 40500
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 40500 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. Ecu, 1701. Pau Mint. PCGS EF-40 Secure Holder. Louis XIV (1643-1715). Issued for provinces of Navarre and Bearn." The specimen shown is an écu aux insignes ("écu with insignia") struck in Pau during the reign of Louis XIV. This type was struck 1701-03, mostly overstriking older écus ("flans reformés"--see the specimen shown for the visible undertype). It was succeeded by the écu aux 8 L, 2éme type. Droulers lists this type for Béarn as very rare.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.45 g, .917 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM-331; Dav-1318; Gad-221, Dr/4 no. 514, Dr/2 no. 422.


  • 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.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.

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