France 1783-A ecu

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Kunker sale 263, lot 1710
This specimen was lot 1710 in Künker sale 263 (Osnabruck, June 2015), where it sold for €400 (about US$517 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"KÖNIGREICH Louis XVI, 1774-1793. Ecu aux rameaux d'olivier 1783, A, Paris. Selten in dieser Erhaltung. Vorzüglich. (kingdom of France, Louis XVI, 1774-93, écu of the olive branches of 1783, Paris mint. Scarce in this quality, extremely fine.)"
This product of the Paris mint is common.

Recorded mintage: 2,889,011.

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

Catalog reference: Duplessy 1708; Dav-1333; Gad-356 (R); KM-564, Dr/4 no. 883, Dr/2 no. 616.


  • 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.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 263, The Friedrich Popken collection of gold and silver coinages | Coins and Medals from Medieval and Modern Times, a. o. the collection of Ernst Otto Horn, part III, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015.

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