France 1691-Ḿ ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 138, lot 1039
This specimen was lot 1039 in Jean Elsen sale 138 (Brussels, September 2018), where it sold for €720 (about US$999 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR écu aux huit L, 1691M couronné, Metz. 1er type. 1e réformation. D/ B. dr. à d. R/ Croix formée de huit L couronnés, cantonnée de quatre lis. Fines griffes. Très Beau à Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, silver écu of the eight "L's" of 1691, Metz mint, first type, first reformation. Obverse:draped bust to right; reverse: cross formed of eight crowned "L's", cantoned with four fleurs-de-lys. Fine scratches, very fine to extremely fine.)"
The Metz mint began producing coins for France in 1690 using a crowned "M" mintmark. As the Toulouse mint was already using the "M" mintmark, Metz was changed to "AA" in 1693 and used that mark until the facility was closed during the French Revolution.

Recorded mintage: unknown but scarce[2].

Specification: 27.45 g, .917 fine silver, 38-41 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVVM FAC REGEM, designed by Joseph Roëttiers; this specimen 26,62 g.

Catalog reference: Dav-3811, Dr/4 no. 508, Dr/2 no. 396, Dupl. 1514A; Gad-216.


  • [2]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.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1600-1700, Galesburg, IL, 1974.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 138, Collection A. BLONDEL, Collection M. HENDRICKX, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2018.

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