France 1729-& ecu

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 ANA sale, lot 20420
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This specimen was lot 20420 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. Ecu, 1729-&. Aix Mint. Louis XV (1715-74). NGC MS-63. Carefully preserved, but a victim of poor standards at the mint, with several planchet voids, adjustment streaks and a few well blended haymarks appearing over the surfaces. Despite all that, still quite attractive with choice tone and a bold and even strike. Tied with one other example for the finest graded at NGC or PCGS." This coin is an écu aux branches d'olivier from the Aix mint. Many Aix mint issues are rare but this one is only somewhat scarce. 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.

Recorded mintage: 215,439[2].

Specification: 29.49 g, .917 fine silver, 39-41 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM.

Catalog reference: Dav-1330; KM-486.27; Gad-321; Dr/5 no. 746; Dr/4 no. 819, Dr/2 no. 579, Dupl-1675.


  • [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.
  • 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]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The August 2018 Philadelphia ANA Auction: World Coins and Selections from the El Dorado Collection of Colombian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.

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