France 1706-D ecu

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Goldberg sale 91, lot 2621
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

This specimen was lot 2621 in Goldberg sale 91 (Los Angeles, June 2016), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "France. Ecu, 1706-A (sic) Choice EF. Louis XIV. 8-L type. Bust right. Reverse: Arms of France surrounded by 4 double L's crowned with fleur-de-lys between. Choice Extremely Fine." The type was struck at the Lyon mint until 1709; there are also ¼ and ½ écus struck during this period with this design. The type was issued 1704-09 and is common tho less so than the écu aux trois couronnes.

Recorded mintage: 536,555 (all new blanks), the most common mint for 1709.

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-360.1; Gad-224, Dav-1320.


  • 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]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 91: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2016.

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