France 1704-B ecu

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from the Stack's Bowers 2017 Collector's Choice sale, lot 72190
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This specimen was lot 72190 in Stack's Bowers Collectors Choice Online Auction (Santa Ana, CA, May 2017), where it sold for $646.25. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. Ecu, 1704-B. Rouen Mint. Louis XV (1715-74). NGC AU-58. Some evidence of an overstrike. Bold portrait with lovely dark tone." 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 Rouen mint is recorded for 1704-05 and is scarce.

Recorded mintage: 7,098[2], a very rare date.

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-360.3.


  • [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]Ponterio, Rick, et al., The May 2017 Collector's Choice Sale, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.

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