France 1716-9 ecu

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Sincona sale 18, lot 2172
This specimen was lot 2172 in Sincona sale 18 (Zurich, May 2014), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"Ecu vertugadin 1716. Rennes Sehr schön. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, écu vertugadin of 1716, Rennes mint, very fine.)"
An écu vertugadin of the Montpellier mint, struck while Louis XV was a minor. Droulers[2] notes the 1716-9 as common as "flan reformé" (struck over an earlier type) while "flans neufs" are accorded a 20% premium. The specimen shown is a "flan reformé." The type was struck 1715-18 in substantial numbers but was replaced by the écu de France-Navarre, which is only 24.47 grams.

Recorded mintage: 2,024,000 on new blanks and 1,281,848 restruck.

Specification: 30.59 g, .917 fine silver, 41 mm diameter, lettered edge, designed by Norbert Roéttiers, this specimen 30.37 g.

Catalog reference: Duplessy 1651. Dav-1326, Dr/4 no. 813, Dr/2 no. 553.


  • [2]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • 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.
  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals, & Banknotes: Auction 18, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2014.

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