France 1704-AA ecu

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This specimen was lot 458 in Stack's Coin Galleries sale (New York, October 2010), where it sold for $1,265. The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE. Louis XIV, 1643-1715. Écu aux Huit L’s, 1704 AA. Metz. Réformation on 1703 Écu aux Insignes. Boldly struck and vividly detailed mature mailed bust of the 'Sun King' r., much undertype visible. Rv. Four crowned double L’s with lis in angles, three lis at the center. George Sobin Type 12, described by that great collector-researcher as '…much the rarest of all the Réformation types of Louis XIV.' Struck with only six dates. A mere handful of Metz pieces are known, few of these of a quality comparable to this extraordinary example, certainly a candidate for finest known. Choice About Uncirculated. This was the fourth and last Réformation of this long reign, necessitated by the King’s incessant wars and resulting economic dislocation. When no adequate supply of earlier Écu coins was provided by an exhausted public, most coins of this new type were struck on newly prepared planchets."
Droulers[2] notes the type was struck 1704-09 and is fairly common tho less so that the écu des trois couronnes of 1709-15. The Metz mint is recorded for 1704-05 and is scarce.

Recorded mintage: unknown. All recorded specimens are on flans reformées.

Specification: 27.45 g, .917 fine silver, 39-46 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM, designed by Joseph Roéttiers.

Catalog reference: Gad-224, Dav-1320, Dr/4 no. 518, Dr/2 no. 436, KM-360.2.


  • [2]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]Kraljevich, John, Frank Van Valen and Christine Karstedt, Coin Galleries Mail and Internet Bid Sale, New York: Stack's, 2010.

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