France 1710-CC ecu

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Heritage sale 3064, lot 30749
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Shown is a écu aux trois couronnes (écu with three crowns) struck at the Besançon mint in the last years of Louis XIV's reign. This is the last type of écu struck during the Sun King's life. The type was struck 1709-15 in substantial numbers. There are also 1/10, 1/4 and 1/2 écus struck during this period with this design. Droulers[1] notes this date as rare. This specimen was lot 30749 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $900. The catalog description[2] noted, "Louis XIV Ecu 1710-)( AU53 PCGS, Besançon mint. A fairly scarce mint, this crown exhibits a great deal of luster remaining and only a hint of light wear on the high points. The finest graded by PCGS, and unlikely to be rivaled anytime soon. Worthy of much consideration."

Recorded mintage: 210,550, a somewhat scarce date.

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

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 524, Dr/2 no. 450, Dav-1324, Gad-229; KM-386.25.


  • [1]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.
  • [2]Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.

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