France 1709-B ecu

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Heritage sale 3010, part of lot 22532
France 1709B ecu rev Heritage 3010-22532.jpg

This specimen was part of lot 22532 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), which sold for $747.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "A Quartet of Ecus, Four Ecus of three different kings, they are as follows: 1709B, 1768L, 1785 cow mintmark, 1789L. Average grade is XF. A most desirable grouping." Shown is a écu aux trois couronnes (écu with three crowns) struck at the Rouen 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. This product of the Rouen mint is common.

Recorded mintage: 1,675,220.

Specification: 30.59 g, .917 fine silver, edge lettered "DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM", designed by Norbert Roëttiers.

Catalog reference: Dav-1324; KM-386.2; Gad-229, Dr/4 no. 524, Dr/2 no. 450.


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  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
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  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.

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