France 1736-Pau ecu

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This coin is an "écu du Béarn aux branches d'olivier" from the Pau mint. During this period, Pau was transitioning from a rare mint under Louis XIV to a common one under the later years of Louis XV. In the 1750's, patterns of trade shifted and Pau and Bayonne become very prolific mints for France. This date is scarce but not rare.

Recorded mintage: 157,939.

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

Catalog reference: KM 487, Dav-A1330, Dr/4 no. 819a, Dr/2 no. 579a.

Source:

  • Alhéritière, Edouard, and Ludovic Deswelle, "Les écus de Louis XV de bandeau: point de situation," Numismatique et Change, No. 349 [Mai 2004], pp. 61-63.
  • Clairand, Armand, Monnaies de Louis XV, Le temps de la Stabilité Monetaire, 1726-1774, Paris: Maison Platt, 1996.
  • 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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