France 1772-A ecu

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This coin, called a écu à la vieille tête, was the French equivalent of a dollar. The type was struck 1770-74 and is recorded for fourteen mints. The type is common, despite its short run, but usually comes badly made so choice specimens bring a premium. The 1772-A is slightly scarcer than the commonest dates (1772-L, 1773-L, 1774-A, 1774-L). The specimen shown, a conspicuous overdate, 1772/0, is not listed in Droulers.

Recorded mintage: unknown but a common date.

Specification: 29.49 g, .917 fine silver, 39-42 mm diameter, lettered edge.

Catalog reference: Dr/2 no. 589, Dr/4 no. 589, KM 551.1, Dav-1332.


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  • 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.
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  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.

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