France 1718-D ecu

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Heritage sale 3004, lot 20868
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

Shown here is an écu de France-Navarre of the Lyon mint, struck while Louis XV was a minor. Droulers[1] notes the 1718-D as fairly available but not as common as the type coin, 1718-A. The specimen shown is a "flan reformé." The type was struck 1718-20 in substantial numbers but is not so common as the preceding écu vertugadin. This specimen was lot 20868 in Heritage sale 3004.

Recorded mintage: 1,760,377.

Specification: 24.47 g, .917 fine silver, .722 troy oz ASW, 38 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM, designed by Norbert Roéttiers.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 816, Dr/2 no. 558, Dav-1327, KM 435.6.


  • [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.

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