France 1785-A ecu

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from the Stacks Bowers 2018 ANA sale, lot 22355
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This specimen was lot 22355 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $180. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE. Ecu, 1785-A. Louis XVI (1774-92). PCGS Genuine--Cleaned, Unc Details Secure Holder. Mostly sharp with some visible adjustment marks over the uniformed portion of the bust. From the Keystone Collection. Ex: Coin Galleries auction, August 7, 1985, Lot #847."

Recorded mintage: 571,000[1].

Specification: Silver, .917 fine, 29.49 g, 40-42 mm diameter.


  • Obverse: uniformed and peruked bust of Louis XVI facing left, legend LUD XVI D. G. FR. ET NAV. REX. (Louis XVI, by the grace of God, king of France and Navarre).
  • Reverse: oval arms of France, crowned, with olive branches around, legend SIT NOMEN DOMINI BENEDICTUM 1789. Edge engraved, "DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM," Latin for "God save the king." The mintmark ("K" for Bordeaux) is at the bottom, between "DOMINI" and "BENEDICTUM."

Catalog reference: Dav-1333, Dupl., 1708; Ci-2187; Gad-356; Dr/4-883, Dr/2-616, KM-564.2.


  • 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.
  • [1]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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • [2]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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