France 1694-M ecu

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Heritage sale 3042, lot 29653
from Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 29653 in Heritage sale 3042 (Long Beach, September 2015), where it sold for $940. The catalog description[2] noted, "Louis XIV Ecu 1694-M MS63 NGC, Toulouse mint. A select Mint-State selection with classic toning patterns and subtle, under-strike detail still somewhat visible. This date/mint combination is not an easy one to acquire, especially in such a choice designation, and as such, this pleasing specimen is worthy of much attention." This type was struck 1693-1701 in large quantities, mostly overstriking older écus ("flans reformés"). This is a somewhat scarce date. It was succeeded by the écu aux insignes.

Recorded mintage: 17,136 on new blanks plus "reformed"[1].

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

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 510, Dr/2 no. 410, Dav-3813, Gad-217.


  • [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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • 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]Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3042, featuring the Read and Bob Bennett Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.

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