France 1710-O ecu

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Ponterio sale 158, lot 926
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates

Shown is a écu aux trois couronnes (écu with three crowns) struck at the Riom 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] prices this date about 12% higher than the common date (1713-A or 1715-A). The Riom mint, never prolific, closed in 1765. This specimen was lot 926 in Ponterio sale 158 (New York, January 2011), where it did not sell. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE. Ecu, 1710-O. Louis XIV (1643-1715). NGC MS-63."

Recorded mintage: 279,331.

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

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 524, Dr/2 no. 450, Dav-1324, Gad-229; KM-386.13.


  • [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]Ponterio, Richard, and Kent Ponterio, Ponterio sale 158: The 2011 N.Y.I.N.C. Auction, Irvine: Bowers and Merena, 2010.

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