France 1790-AA ecu

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from Sincona sale 11, lot 1366
This specimen was lot 1366 in Sincona sale 11 (Zurich, May 2013), where it sold for 140 CHF (about US$173 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANKREICH Louis XVI. 1774-1792. Ecu aux lauriers 1790, Metz. Min. just. Fast vorzüglich. (France, Louis XVI (1774-92), écu 'of the laurels' of 1790, Metz. Slight adjustment marks, nice extremely fine.)"
This specimen is an écu au buste habillé struck at the Metz mint, one of a type struck there 1775-78, 1781-82, 1785, 1789-91. 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.

Recorded mintage: unknown but slightly scarce[2].

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 Roettiers. This specimen is 29.35 g.

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


  • [2]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • 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]Numismatic Coins, Medals & Banknotes, Auction 11, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2013.

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