France 1709-D ecu

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Heritage sale 3010, lot 20859
France 1709D ecu rev heritage 3010-20859.jpg

This specimen was lot 20859 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $1,725. The catalog description[1] noted, "Louis XIIII Ecu 1709D, MS64 NGC, Lyon, glacier white mint brilliance with well-struck features on a fresh flan, most attractive and decidedly rare in this superior grade." Shown is a écu aux trois couronnes (écu with three crowns) struck at the Nantes 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 Lyon mint is slightly scarce.

Recorded mintage: 216,042.

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

Catalog reference: Dav-1324; KM-386.4; Gad-229, Dr/4 no. 524, Dr/2 no. 450.


  • 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]Tucker, Warren, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.

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