France 1772-Pau ecu

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 Collector's Choice sale, lot 70468
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This specimen was lot 70468 in Stack's Bowers Collector's Choice sale (Santa Ana, CA, May 2018), where it sold for $780. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. Ecu, 1772. Pau Mint. Louis XV (1715-74). NGC MS-61. An écu du Béarn à la vieille tête struck at the Pau mint (cow mintmark). Adjustment marks on both sides but less obnoxious than usual; very lustrous with nice toning." This is the most common date of this mint and type but still a better date.

Recorded mintage: 1,311,492.

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

Catalog reference: Dr/2 no. 589a, Dr/4 no. 821a, Dr/5 no. 589, Dupl-1685; Ci-2129; Gad-323a, KM 555, Dav-A1332. .


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  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The May 2018 Collector's Choice Sale, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.

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