France 1702-T ecu

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Sincona sale 47, lot 1665
This specimen was lot 1665 in Sincona sale 47 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 250 CHF (about US$300 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANKREICH, Konigreich, Louis XIV. 1643-1715. Ecu aux insignes 1702 T, Nantes. Réformation. Sehr schön-vorzüglich. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, écu of the insignia of 1702, Nantes mint, reformed. Very fine-extremely fine.)"
The specimen shown is an écu aux insignes ("écu with insignia") struck in Nantes during the reign of Louis XIV. This type was struck 1701-04 in substantial quantities, 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[2] prices this date as a common date, but even a common date is priced 40% higher than an écu à la mèche longue.

Recorded mintage: 24,467 on new blanks plus 624,261 "reformed". The rf is the most common date of the type after the 1702-A.

Specification: 27.45 g, .917 fine silver; this specimen 27.22 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 513, Gadoury 220. Dav-1316.


  • [2]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 2nd édition. Paris: AFPN, 1998.
  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • 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]Richter, Jürg, Auction 47, World Coins and Medals, Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2018

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