France 1789-A ecu

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Ponterio sale 168, lot 50412
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC
Kunker sale 263, lot 1712
The first specimen was lot 50412 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $345. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. Ecu, 1789-A. NGC MS-61. Louis XVI (1774-93). Dark toned. From the Madeleine Collection." The second specimen was lot 1712 in Künker sale 263 (Osnabruck, June 2015), where it sold for €420 (about US$543 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"KÖNIGREICH Louis XVI, 1774-1793. Ecu aux rameaux d'olivier 1789, A, Paris. Sehr selten in dieser Erhaltung. Leicht justiert, sonst fast Stempelglanz. (kingdom of France, Louis XVI, 1774-93, écu of the olive branches of 1789, Paris mint. Very rare in this grade, light adjustment marks, uncirculated.)"
This product of the Paris mint is common.

Recorded mintage: est. 1,800,000.

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]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.
  • [2]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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