France 1716-A ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 1386
This specimen was lot 1386 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AR écu Vertugadin, 1716A, Paris. Réformation. D/ B. enfantin à d., dr. et cuir. R/ Ecu de France rond, couronné. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, silver écu vertugadin of 1716, Paris mint, reformed. Obverse: draped and armored infant bust right; reverse: crowned round arms of France. Very Fine.)"
Shown is an écu vertugadin of the Paris mint, struck while Louis XV was a minor. Droulers[2] notes the 1716-A 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. At the time of issue, it had a face value of 5 livres tournois, which rose to 15 livres in July 1720 but was demonetized in September 1720 at a value of 13 livres, 2 sols, 6 deniers.

Recorded mintage: 1,922,224 fn + more rf[2].

Specification: 30.59 g, .917 fine silver, .902 troy oz ASW, 41 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM, designed by Norbert Roéttiers, this specimen 30,48 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl-1651A; Gad-317, KM-414.1, Dr/4 no. 813, Dr/2 no. 553, Dav-1326.


  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • [2]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 141, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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