France 1747-E ecu

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Goldberg sale 65, lot 4707
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

This specimen was lot 4707 in Goldberg sale 65 (Los Angeles, September 2011), where it sold for $862.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "France. Ecu, 1747-E (Tours). Louis XV. Head with headband left. Some adjustment marks. Toned. NGC graded EF-45." The type was struck 1740-70 and is recorded for the Tours mint (mintmark "E") for 1741-57, 1760-71; most dates from Tours are very rare and the mint was closed in 1771. See the article on the 1743-N écu for more details.

Recorded mintage: 31,973.

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

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 820, Dr/2 no. 584, Dav-1331, Gad-322; KM-512.7.


  • 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.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg sale 65: The Pre-Long Beach Auction, Ancient and World Coins, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2011.
  • 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.

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