France 1785-Pau ecu

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Aureo sale 232, lot 2740

This specimen is an écu au buste habillé struck at the Pau mint, one of a type struck there 1775-91. Its divisions were the ½, 1/5, 1/10 and 1/20 écu, struck in France 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.

The second specimen shown was lot 2740 in Aureo y Calico sale 232 (Barcelona, March 2011), where it sold for 70 euros (about US$116 including buyer's fee). The catalog description[1] noted,
"1785. Luis XVI. Pau. 1 ecu. Rayitas de acuñación. Precioso color. MBC-/MBC+. (Louis XVI, écu of 1785, Pau mint, adjustment marks, nice color, very fine.)"

Recorded mintage: 1,856,749 (a common date).

Specification: silver, 11 deniers (.917 fine), 8.3 pieces to the mark (29.488 g), face value 6 livres, 39 mm diameter. Engraved by Benjamin Duvivier.

Catalog reference: Dav-A1333, Dr/4 no. 883a, Dr/2 no. 616a, KM 572.

Source:

  • 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.
  • Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 2nd édition. Paris: AFPN, 1998.
  • 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, Selección de 500 Monedas, Medallas y Billetes, Barcelona: Aureo y Calicó Subastas, 2011.

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