France 1703-A 1/12 ecu

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Künker sale 293, lot 1854
This specimen was lot 1854 in Künker sale 293 (Osnabruck, Germany, July 2017), where it sold for €320 (about US$431 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANKREICH, KÖNIGREICH, Louis XIV, 1643-1715. 1/12 Ecu aux insignes 1703, A, Paris. Réformation. RR Sehr schön-vorzüglich. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, twelfth écu of the insignia of 1703, Paris mint, reformed. Rare, very fine to extremely fine.)"
This type was struck 1701-04, all on "reformed blanks" (older coins). It had a face value of 6 sols, 4 deniers tournois. This denomination became massively popular in the 1650's and 1660's as it carried a premium in the Levant trade (Greece, Turkey, Syria and Egypt) but demand dwindled thereafter and this type is rare.

Recorded mintage: unknown[1].

Specification: 2.28 g, .917 fine silver, 27-28 mm diameter, reeded edge.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 746, Dr/2 no. 432, Duplessy 1536 B; Gadoury 121.


  • [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.
  • [2]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Katalog 293: Münzen aus Mittelalter und Neuzeit u. a. die westfälischen Privatsammlungen Werner Bröker und Bernd Terletzki, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2017.

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