France 1732-T ecu

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Sincona sale 26, lot 3049
This specimen was lot 3049 in Sincona sale 26 (Zurich, October 2015), where it sold for 120 CHF (about US$148 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Königreich, Louis XV. 1715-1774 Ecu aux lauriers 1732. T, Nantes. Sehr schön-gutes sehr schön. Rv. min. justiert (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, écu of the laurel wreath of 1732, nates mint. Very fine or better, with light adjustment marks.)"
Most Nantes mint issues are common. Droulers reports 1726-1740 from this mint. The mint operated until 1786. 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: 381,768.

Specification: 29.49 g, .917 fine silver, 39-41 mm diameter, edge lettered, DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM; this specimen 28.92 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 819, Dr/2 no. 579, Dav-1330; KM-486.19; Gad-321; Dup-1675; DFW-480.


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  • 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]Richter, Jürg, Ruedi Kunzmann and Arne Kirsch, Numismatic Coins & Medals, Auction 26, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2015.

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