France 1716-N ecu

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Heritage sale 3021, lot 20541
France 1716N ecu rev Heritage 3021-20541.jpg

This specimen was lot 20541 in Heritage sale 3021 (New York, January 2013), where it sold for $2,702.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Louis XV Ecu 1716-N, UNC Details NGC, corrosion, a choice mint state coin with rich old-time patina and no adjustment marks or other flaws other than some faint porosity in the left obverse field, barely noticeable. A select example with excellent eye appeal." An écu vertugadin of the Montpellier mint, struck while Louis XV was a minor. Droulers[2] notes the 1716-N 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: 124,096 new plus more restruck over older coins.

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

Catalog reference: KM 414.14, Dr/4 no. 813, Dr/2 no. 553, Dav-1326.

Source:

  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3021, featuring the Cecil Webster, Richard P. Ariagno and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collection, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.
  • [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.
  • 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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