France 1713-X ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 87, lot 2121
France 1713X ecu rev JElsen 87-2121.jpg

Shown is a écu aux trois couronnes (écu with three crowns) of France struck at the Amiens mint in the last years of Louis XIV's reign. It was lot 2121 in Jean Elsen sale 87 (Brussels, March 2006), where it sold for 220 euro. This is 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. This date is rather scarce; Droulers[1] prices it about 50% higher than the common date (1713-A or 1715-A).

Recorded mintage: 194,384 (better 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, KM 386.20, Dav-1324.


  • [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.

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