France 1735-L ecu

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from Stack's Bowers 2016 ANA sale, lot 22290
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This specimen was lot 22290 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Anaheim, CA, August 2016), where it sold for $152.75. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE. Ecu, 1735-L. Bayonne Mint. Louis XV (1715-74). NGC AU-55. Some adjustment marks. Even and pleasing stony grey tone." The type was struck 1726-40 during the reign of Louis XV; Bayonne struck the type every year except 1729 and many dates are common. 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. The mint closed in the nineteenth century.

Recorded mintage: 755,366[1].

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

Catalog reference: KM 486.12, Dav-1330, Dr/4 no. 819, Dr/2 no. 579, Dupl-1675; Ci., 2117; Gad-321.

Source:

  • [1]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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • 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.
  • [2]Ponterio, Richard, The August 2016 Anaheim ANA Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.

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