France 1718-T ecu Dav-1326

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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This specimen was lot 2463 in Goldberg sale 100 (Los Angeles, September 2017), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "France. Ecu, 1718-T (Nantes). Louis XV. Child's head right. Reverse: Crowned round shield with arm's of France. Struck over earlier type. NGC graded Extremely Fine, Details (Surface Hairlines)." This is an écu vertugadin of the Nantes mint, struck while Louis XV was a minor. Droulers[2] notes the 1718-T as common as "flan neuf" while "flans reformés" are extremely rare. 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: 60,536 "flans neufs" (new blanks) plus 58,413 "flans reformés" plus 860,483 écus de France-Navarre.

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 414.19.


  • [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.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 100: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2017.

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