France 1717-9 ecu

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Heritage sale 3042, lot 29656
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

An écu vertugadin of the Rennes mint, struck while Louis XV was a minor. Droulers[1] notes the 1717-9 as a fairly scarce date. The type was struck 1715-18 in substantial numbers but was replaced by the écu de France-Navarre, which is only 24.47 grams. This specimen was lot 29656 in Heritage sale 3042 (Long Beach, September 2015), where it sold for $734.38. The catalog description[2] noted, "Louis XV Ecu 1717-(9) MS62 NGC, Rennes mint. Featuring the young bust of Louis XV and the crowned arms of France, this offering presents a bit of softness to the central obverse motif, with otherwise strong definition throughout. Of note, there is minimal evidence of the previous strike that shows through and the overall cabinet patination is quite pleasing. A captivating example from all angles, seldom encountered at this level of Mint State, and rare as such."

Recorded mintage: 1,103,012 flans neufs plus 496,251 flans reformées.[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: Gad-317, Dr/4 no. 813, Dr/2 no. 553, Dav-1326, KM 414.25.


  • [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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • [2]Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3042, featuring the Read and Bob Bennett Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.

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