France 1773-W ecu

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Aureo sale 261, lot 770
This specimen was lot 770 in Aureo sale 261 (Barcelona, July 2014), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"1773. Francia. Luis XV. W (Lille). 1 ecu. Rara. EBC-/EBC. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, écu of 1773, Lille mint. Rare, about 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. The 1773-W from the Bayonne mint is a somewhat scarce date compared to 1772-L, 1773-L, 1774-A, 1774-L).

Recorded mintage: 20,252.

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

Catalog reference: Dr/2 no. 589, Dr/4 no. 589, KM 551.17, Dav-1332.


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  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition, Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • [1]Sisó, Teresa, Eduardo Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Subasta Pública 261, Barcelona: Aureo y Calicó Subastas, 2014.

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