France 1704-A ecu

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Ponterio sale 150, lot 9346
UBS sale 75, lot 2289
another specimen, from the Mountain Groan Collection
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The first coin was lot 9346 in Ponterio sale 150 (Los Angeles, August 2009), where it sold for $1840. The catalog description noted, "FRANCE. Ecu, 1704-A. Louis XIV (1643-1715). Ecu aux 8L 2e type struck over Ecu aux insignes (Gad-220). Exceptionally choice for this type and RARE in this grade. Nice strike, toned. NGC AU-58." Shown is a écu aux huit L, deuxieme type (écu with 8 L's, 2nd type) struck at the Paris mint in the last years of Louis XIV's reign. The type was struck until 1709; there are also ¼ and ½ écus struck during this period with this design. This date is the common date. The second specimen is a very rare écu aux 8 L, 2éme type, grande tête laurée.

Recorded mintage: 8,425,217 restruck plus 174,600 on new blanks.

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, first specimen: KM 360.1, Dav-1320; second specimen: KM-362.1; Dav-1322; Gad-224, Dr/4 no. 521, Dr/2 no. 448.


  • 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.

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