France 1704-9 ecu

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Künker sale 293, lot 1855
This specimen was lot 1855 in Künker sale 293 (Osnabruck, Germany, July 2017), where it sold for €1,000 (about US$1,348 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANKREICH, KÖNIGREICH, Louis XIV, 1643-1715. Ecu aux huit L 1704, Münzzeichen "9", Rennes. Réformation. Sehr schön-vorzüglich. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, écu of the eight "L's" of 1704, Rennes mint, reformed. Very fine to extremely fine.)"
Shown is a écu aux huit L, deuxieme type (écu with 8 L's, 2nd type) struck at the Rennes mint in the last years of Louis XIV's reign. The type was struck until 1709; there are also quarter and half écus struck during this period with this design. This date is common but rarely comes so choice.

Recorded mintage: 85,380 on new blanks plus 95,368 over old coins.

Specification: 27.45 g, .917 fine silver, edge lettered "DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM", designed by Joseph Roéttiers.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 518, Dr/2 no. 436, KM-360.24; Duplessy 1551 A; Gad-224, Dav-1320.

Source:

  • 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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • [1]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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