France 1719-A ecu

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Heritage sale 3026, lot 24525
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This is an écu de France-Navarre of the Paris mint, struck while Louis XV was a minor. This specimen was lot 24525 in Heritage sale 3026 (Long Beach, October 2013), where it sold for $763.75. The catalog description[1] noted, "Louis XV Ecu 1719-A, MS62 PCGS, deeply toned and original, adjustment marks on the bust. This type was struck for circulation in Navarre with the quartered arms of France and Navarre on the reverse." Droulers[2] notes the 1719-A as fairly available but not as common as the type coin, 1718-A. The specimen shown is a "flan neuf." The type was struck 1718-20 in substantial numbers but is not so common as the preceding écu vertugadin.

Recorded mintage: 2,850,480[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 435.1.


  • [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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3026, World & Ancient Coins, featuring the RLM Collection, Part Two, the Nogales Collection and the Goetz Medals Die Archive, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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