France 1712-L ecu

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Goldberg sale 90, lot 3930
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This specimen was lot 3930 in Goldberg sale 90 (Los Angeles, January 2016), where it sold for $1,175. The catalog description[2] noted, "France. Ecu, 1712-L. Louis XIV. Reverse with three crowns. Toned. NGC graded MS-62." This écu aux trois couronnes was struck 1709-15 and is among the common écus of the Sun King. This specimen is a product of the Bayonne mint in the Pyrenees.

Recorded mintage: unknown but not rare.[1]

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

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 524, Dr/2 no. 450, Dupl. 1568, Dav-1324; KM-386.10.


  • [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]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 90: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2016.

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