France 1788-I ecu

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Sincona sale 57, lot 2912
This specimen was lot 2912 in Sincona sale 57 (Zurich, May 2019), where it sold for 160 CHF (about US$191 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Louis XVI. 1774-1792. Ecu aux branches dolivier 1788 I, Limoges. Vorzüglich. Mit Prägeglanz. Leicht justiert. (kingdom of France, Louis XVI, 1774-92, écu of the olive branches of 1788, Limoges mint. Extremely fine, With mint luster, Minor adjustment marks.)"
This specimen is an écu au buste habillé struck at the Limoges mint, one of a type struck there 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. This date is common.

Recorded mintage: 499,421.

Specification: silver, 11 deniers (.917 fine), 8.3 pieces to the mark (29.488 g), face value 6 livres, 39 mm diameter. Engraved by Joseph-Charles Roéttiers, this specimen 29.03 g.

Catalog reference: KM 564, Dr/4 no. 883, Gadoury 356, Dav-1333.

Source:

  • 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]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 57: World Coins and Medals, Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2019.

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