France 1711-H ecu

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Heritage sale 3024, lot 23813
from Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 23813 in Heritage sale 3024 (Chicago, April 2013), where it sold for $851.88. The catalog description[2] noted, "Louis XIIII Ecu 1711-H, La Rochelle, AU58 NGC, a very nice example with rich pewter gray patina and bold details, highly attractive." Shown is a écu aux trois couronnes ("écu with three crowns") struck at the La Rochelle mint in the last years of Louis XIV's reign. This is last type of écu struck in France during the Sun King's life. The type was struck 1709-15 in substantial numbers. There are also 1/10, 1/4 and half écus struck during this period with this design. This date is slightly scarce; Droulers[1] prices it about 30% higher than the common date (1713-A or 1715-A).

Recorded mintage: 627,587[1].

Specification: 30.59 g, .917 fine silver, 39-41 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVVM FAC REGEM, designed by Norbert Roëttiers.

Catalog reference: KM 386.7, Dav-1324, Dr/4 no. 524, Dr/2 no. 450.


  • [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]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3024, featuring the Kairos and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collections, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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