France 1691-9 ecu

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Kunker sale 263, lot 1688; note: the image of the reverse is upside down
This specimen was lot 1688 in Künker sale 263 (Osnabruck, June 2015), where it sold for €900 (about US$1,163 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"KÖNIGREICH Louis XIV, 1643-1715. Ecu aux huit L 1691, Münzzeichen "9", Rennes. Réformation. Überdurchschnittlich erhalten, übliche Überprägungsspuren, hübsche Patina, vorzüglich. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, écu aux huit L of 1691, Renne mint, struck over an earlier coin. Toned, extremely fine.)"
The specimen shown is an écu aux 8 L struck in Rennes during the reign of Louis XIV. This type was struck 1690-93 in large quantities, mostly overstriking older écus ("flans reformés"--see the specimen shown for the visible undertype). It was succeeded by the écu aux palmes. Droulers[1] prices this date as common, but even a common date is priced two and a half times that of an écu à la mèche longue.

Recorded mintage: 78,528 on new blanks plus 1,939,907 "reformed"[1].

Specification: 27.45 g, .917 fine silver, 39-41 mm diameter, lettered edge, designed by Joseph Roëttiers.

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


  • [1]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.
  • [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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