France 1709-A ecu

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Sincona sale 43, lot 2205
This specimen was lot 2205 in Sincona sale 43 (Zurich, October 2017), where it sold for 200 CHF (about US$239 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"France, Louis XIV. 1643-1715 Ecu aux trois couronnes 1709 A. Paris. Gutes sehr schön. Leicht justiert. (France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, écu of the three crowns of 1709-A, Paris mint. Good very fine, Minor adjustment marks.)"
Shown is a écu aux trois couronnes (écu with three crowns) struck at the Paris mint in the last years of Louis XIV's reign. This is last type of écu struck during the French Sun King's life. The type was struck 1709-15 in substantial numbers. There are also tenth, quarter and half écus struck during this period with this design.

Reported Mintage: 7,335,848[1].

Specification: 30.59 g, .917 fine silver, edge lettered "DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM", designed by Norbert Roéttiers. This specimen is 30.37 g.

Catalog reference: Dav-1324; KM-386.1; Gad-229, Dr/4 no. 524, Dr/2 no. 450.


  • [1]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition, Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • 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.
  • [2]Richter, Jürg, Sincona sale 43, Gold and Silver Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017

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