France 1711-A ecu

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from the Stacks Bowers 2018 ANA sale, lot 22354
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This specimen was lot 22354 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $408. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE. Ecu, 1711-A. Louis XIV (1643-1715). PCGS AU-55 Secure Holder. An ideal circulated example of the type with charming earthen tone over both sides and no instances of planchet adjustment marks. From the Keystone Collection. Ex: Stack's auction, June, 1997, Lot #761." 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 iduring the Sun King's life. The type was struck 1709-15 in substantial numbers. There are also 1/10, quarter and half écus struck during this period with this design.The type is common.

Recorded mintage: 1,514,546[1], a common date.

Specification: 30.59 g, .917 fine silver, 41 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Joseph Roëttiers.

Catalog reference: Dav-1324; KM-386.1; Dr/4 no. 524, Dr/2 no. 450, Dupl-1568; Gad-229.


  • [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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • [2]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The August 2018 Philadelphia ANA Auction: World Coins and Selections from the El Dorado Collection of Colombian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.

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