France 1769-Pau ecu

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Ponterio sale 153, lot 8322
image courtesy Ponterio & Associates

This specimen is an écu au bandeau of Louis XV struck in 1769 at the Pau mint. It was lot 8322 in Ponterio sale 153 (Baltimore, March 2010), where it sold for $276. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE. Ecu, 1769. Louis XV (1715-74). Toned. Slightly weak strike with underlying luster. EXTREMELY FINE." See 1767-L écu for the historical background of this coin type.

Recorded mintage: 1,381,245[1].

Specification:

  • Obverse: LUD.XV.D.G.FR ET NAV. REX. (for Pau, NA.RE. BD), king’s head left, hair tied with a ribbon;
  • reverse: SIT NOMEN DOMINI BENEDICTUM (date), oval shield of France, crowned, between two olive branches tied with ribbon, mintmark below; edge lettered DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM.
  • composition: silver, 11 deniers (.917 fine), 8.3 pieces to the mark (29.488 g), face value 6 livres, 39 mm diameter. Engraved by Joseph-Charles Roettiers.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 820a, Dr/2 no. 584a, Dav-A1331; Gad-322a; KM-518.

Sources:

  • Clairand, Armand, Monnaies de Louis XV, Le temps de la Stabilité Monetaire, 1726-1774, Paris: Maison Platt, 1996.
  • [1]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 2nd édition. Paris: AFPN, 1998.
  • 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.
  • [2]Ponterio, Richard, and Kent Ponterio, Ponterio sale 153: The 2010 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Bowers and Merena, 2010.

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