France 1733-L ecu

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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This coin is an écu aux branches d'olivier from the Bayonne mint. Bayonne 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. The weak strike on a bad planchet is probably typical for this French mint near the border with Spain.

Recorded mintage: 447,005.

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

Catalog reference: KM 486.12, Dav-1330, 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.

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