France 1792-B ecu

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Ponterio sale 168, lot 50414
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 50414 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $764. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. Ecu (6 Livres), 1792-B. NGC AU-58. Toned." This specimen is a "constitutional écu" struck at the Rouen mint, one of a type struck there 1792-93, prior to the trial and execution of the king. Its divisions were the ½, 1/4 and 1/8 écu, struck in billon. The écu was worth $1.10 in the USA before the Civil War. The 1792-A and 1793-A are the most available dates of this scarce type.

Recorded mintage: unknown but fairly common.

Specification: 29.45 g, .917 fine silver, 39 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Dav-1335; KM-615.3; Gad-55.

Source:

  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, 1789-2011, 20me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2011.
  • 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.

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