France 1734-P ecu

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Heritage sale 3073, lot 32760
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This specimen was lot 32760 in Heritage sale 3073 (Chicago, April 2019), where it sold for $240. The catalog description[1] noted, "Louis XV Ecu 1734-P AU50 NGC, Dijon mint. A very rare mint-date combination, clearly struck from a heavily rusted obverse die, leaving an intriguing texture to the fields that offers a wonderful play of light and peripheral amber tones. Still quite radiant at the legends with strong flow lines." This type was struck in France 1726-40 in large numbers altho Dijon is a scarce mint.

Recorded mintage: 26,685[2], a scarce date.

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

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 819, Dr/2 no. 519, Dupl-1675; Gad-321, KM 486.16 (this date unlisted), Dav-1330.


  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • [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.
  • 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]Bierrenbach, Cristiano and Warren Tucker, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3073, featuring the Lake County Collection of British coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2019.

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