France 1728-9 ecu

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Kunker sale 263, lot 1702
This specimen was lot 1702 in Künker sale 263 (Osnabruck, June 2015), where it sold for €260 (about US$336 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"KÖNIGREICH Louis XV, 1715-1774. Ecu aux rameaux d'olivier 1728, Münzzeichen "9", Rennes. Herrliche Patina, Rückseite justiert, vorzüglich-Stempelglanz. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, écu of the olive branches of 1728, Rennes mint. Toned, obverse adjustment marks, extremely fine to uncirculated.)"
This coin is an écu aux branches d'olivier from the Rennes mint. Rennes mint issues are known for the entire span of the type (1726-40) but most dates are average (neither rare nor common) including this one. The Rennes mint closed in 1771.

Recorded mintage: 726,504.

Specification: 29.45 g, .917 fine silver, 39 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Duplessy 1675; Dav-1330; KM 486.26, Gadoury 321, Dr/4 no. 819, Dr/2 no. 579.

Source:

  • 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]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 263, The Friedrich Popken collection of gold and silver coinages | Coins and Medals from Medieval and Modern Times, a. o. the collection of Ernst Otto Horn, part III, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015.

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