France 1772-N ecu

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Sincona sale 43, lot 2214
This specimen was lot 2214 in Sincona sale 43 (Zurich, October 2017), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"Louis XV. 1715-1774 Ecu à la vieille tête 1772 N. Montpellier. Selten. Vorzüglich. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, écu of the old head of 1772, Montpellier mint. Rare, Extremely fine.)"
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.

Recorded mintage: unknown but a scarce date.

Specification: 29.49 g, .917 fine silver, 39-42 mm diameter, lettered edge, this specimen 29.07 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl., 1685; Ci., 2129; Gad-323. Dr/2 no. 589, Dr/4 no. 589, KM 551.11, Dav-1332.


  • 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.
  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Sincona sale 43, Gold and Silver Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.

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