France 1728-E ecu

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Künker sale 293, lot 1864
This specimen was lot 1864 in Künker sale 293 (Osnabruck, Germany, July 2017), where it sold for €800 (about US$1,078 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"FRANKREICH, KÖNIGREICH, Louis XV, 1715-1774. Ecu aux rameaux d'olivier 1728, E, Tours. Selten in dieser Erhaltung. Feine Tönung, vorzüglich-Stempelglanz. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, écu of the olive branches of 1728, Tours mint. Scarce in this quality, fine toning, extremely fine to uncirculated.)"
The type was struck 1726-40 during the reign of Louis XV. 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. This is a common date. The Tours mint closed 1771.

Recorded mintage: 263,410.

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: KM 486.7, Dav-1330, Dr/4 no. 819, Dr/2 no. 579, Dupl-1675; Ci., 2117; Gad-321.

Source:

  • [1]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.
  • [2]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Katalog 293: Münzen aus Mittelalter und Neuzeit u. a. die westfälischen Privatsammlungen Werner Bröker und Bernd Terletzki, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2017.

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