France 1719-& ecu

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from the Stack's Bowers 2017 Collector's Choice sale, lot 72193
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This is an écu de France-Navarre of the Aix mint, struck while Louis XV was a minor. This specimen was lot 72193 in Stack's Bowers Collectors Choice Online Auction (Santa Ana, CA, May 2017), where it sold for $763.75. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. Ecu, 1719-&. Louis XV (1715-1774). NGC MS-62. Aix mint. Good strike, toned with strong underlying luster." Droulers[2] notes the 1719-& as fairly available but not as common as the type coin, 1718-A. The specimen shown is struck on a "flan neuf." The type was struck 1718-20 in substantial numbers but is not so common as the preceding écu vertugadin.

Recorded mintage: 321,120[2].

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: Gad.318, Dr/4 no. 816, Dr/2 no. 558, Dav-1327, KM 435.27.


  • [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]Ponterio, Rick, et al., The May 2017 Collector's Choice Sale, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.

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