France 1726-B ecu

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from Sedwick Treasure Auction 21, lot 614

This specimen was lot 614 in Sedwick Treasure Auction 21 (Winter Park, FL, May 2017), where it sold for $188. The catalog description[1] noted, "France (Rouen mint), ecu, Louis XV, 1726-B. Bold VF details and attractively toned, minimal surface corrosion. With original (generic) certificate from the salvagers. Recovered from: Auguste, sunk in 1761 off Nova Scotia, Canada." This coin is an écu aux branches d'olivier from the Rouen mint. Not all Rouen mint issues are common but this one is. The type was struck 1726-40 during the reign of Louis XV of France. This coin was part of the great coinage reform of Cardinal Fleury which finally terminated the manipulations which had disrupted the economy since the 1690's.

Recorded mintage: 447,475[2].

Specification: 29.49 g, .917 fine silver, 39-41 mm diameter, edge lettered, DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM, designed by Norbert Roéttiers, this specimen is 27.61 grams.

Catalog reference: C.2117, L.684, Dr/4 no. 819, Dr/2 no. 579, Gad-321, Dav-1330, KM-486.3.

Source:

  • Clairand, Armand, Monnaies de Louis XV, Le temps de la Stabilité Monetaire, 1726-1774, Paris: Maison Platt, 1996.
  • [2]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • 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.
  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • [1]Sedwick, Daniel F., Augi Garcia and Cori Sedwick Downing, Treasure Auction #21, featuring Selections from the Richard Stuart Collection, Winter Park, FL: Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC, 2017.

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