France 1733-A ecu

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Kunker sale 263, lot 1704
This specimen was lot 1704 in Künker sale 263 (Osnabruck, June 2015), where it sold for €220 (about US$284 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"KÖNIGREICH Louis XV, 1715-1774. Ecu aux rameaux d'olivier 1733, A, Paris. Dunkle Patina, leicht justiert, vorzüglich. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, écu of the olive branches of 1733, Paris mint. Dark toning, light adjustment marks, extremely fine.)"
This coin is an écu aux branches d'olivier from the Paris mint. Paris 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 Bayonne mint did not become really prolific until the late 1750's.

Recorded mintage: 350,791.

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

Catalog reference: Duplessy 1675; Dav-1330; KM 486.1, Gadoury 321, Dr/4 no. 819, Dr/2 no. 579.


  • 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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