France 1716-S ecu

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Heritage sale 3037, lot 29395
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This specimen was lot 29395 in Heritage sale 3037 (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $2,467.50. The catalog description[2] noted, "Louis XV Ecu 1716-S MS62 NGC, Reims mint. A superb mint-state example, struck over an earlier Ecu of La Rochelle with the H mintmark showing on the King's cheek. Rich pewter gray and gold patina, very appealing and scarce in mint state. From The Law Collection." An écu vertugadin of the Reims mint, struck while Louis XV was a minor. Droulers[1] notes the 1716-S 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: 51,840 plus 2,141,000 on "reformed" blanks (older coins)[1].

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: Dr/4 no. 813, Dr/2 no. 553, KM 414.18, Dav-1326.


  • [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.
  • [2]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3037, featuring the Empire, the Santa Catarina, the Law and the Santa Maria Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.

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