France 1778-M ecu

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from the Stacks Bowers 2018 ANA sale, lot 20437
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This specimen was lot 20437 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. Ecu, 1778-M. Toulouse Mint. Louis XVI (1774-92). NGC MS-62. Deeply toned with a bold design, glossy fields and very little evidence of past handling over the surfaces. A slightly better date for the type as well." This coin, called an écu au buste habillé, was the French equivalent of a dollar. It is one of a type struck at Bayonne 1775-91. Its divisions were the ½, 1/5, 1/10 and 1/20 écu, struck in modest quantities. The écu was worth $1.10 in the USA before the Civil War. The écu au buste habillé is the most popular coin of Louis XVI among collectors.

Recorded mintage: 288,599[2], a fairly common date.

Specification: 29.45 g, .917 fine silver, 39 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Dav-1333; KM-564.10; Gad-356; Dr/5-808, Dr/4 no. 883, Dr/2 no. 616.

Source:

  • [2]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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The August 2018 Philadelphia ANA Auction: World Coins and Selections from the El Dorado Collection of Colombian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.

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