France 1793-A 6 livres

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Ponterio sale 152, lot 7665
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates
from the Mountain Groan Collection
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The first specimen was lot 7665 in Ponterio sale 152 (New York, January 2010), where it sold for $862.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. 6 Livres, 1793-A. NGC AU-58." This coin is popular with type collectors as it is the last écu struck to the standard of the ancien régime. When this coin was struck, the ancien régime had disappeared with the trial and execution of the king, who had appeared on the previous type (KM 615). In 1793, as invading armies approached from all directions, the Committee of Public Safety would initiate the Terror. In 1795, following the introduction of the metric system, the first five francs would be issued.

Recorded mintage: 1,120,952.

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

Catalog reference: Dav-1336, Gad-58; KM 624.1.


  • 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.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, and Kent Ponterio, Ponterio sale 152: The 2010 NYINC Auction, Irvine, CA: Bowers and Merena, 2009.

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