France 1716-C ecu

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Sincona sale 57, lot 2898
This specimen was lot 2898 in Sincona sale 57 (Zurich, May 2019), where it sold for 400 CHF (about US$476 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Louis XV. 1715-1774. Ecu vertugadin 1716 C, Caen. Réformation. Vorzüglich. Feine Patina. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, écu vertugadin of 1716, Caen mint, reformed. Extremely fine, Nice toning.)"
An écu vertugadin of the Caen mint, struck while Louis XV was a minor. Droulers[2] notes the 1716-C 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: 188,060 (fn) + unknown (rf).

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 30.35 g.

Catalog reference: Gadoury 317, KM-414.5, Dr/4 no. 813, Dr/2 no. 553, Dav-1326.


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  • [2]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.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • [1]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 57: World Coins and Medals, Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2019.

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