France 1724-N ecu Dav-1329

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 ANA sale, lot 20416
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This specimen was lot 20416 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. Ecu, 1724-N. Montpellier Mint. Louis XV (1715-74). NGC MS-63+. An ecu aux 8 L struck at the Montpellier mint; a better date of a scarce type. Unlike the prior "ecu de France", this type was struck solely on new blanks. Although there are adjustment marks on the obverse and evidence of rusty dies, this example is well made with a bold strike from center to edge and handsome toning that is mostly gray and gold in composition with slight variances around portions of the raised surfaces. The finest example of the date graded at either NGC or PCGS." An écu aux 8 L of the Montpellier mint, struck while Louis XV was a minor. Droulers[2] notes the type as rather scarce as most were melted in the great reform of 1726. A number were recovered from the wreck of Le Chameau but most were corroded. This type is the lowest weight écu struck during the reign of Louis XV.

Recorded mintage: 301,547 + 152,106 of the écu de France[2].

Specification: 23.59 g, .917 fine silver, .695 troy oz ASW, 38-39 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM, designed by Norbert Roëttiers.

Catalog reference: Duplessy 1670; Dav-1329; KM 472.14, Gadoury 320, Dr/5 no. 745, Dr/4 no. 818, Dr/2 no. 574.


  • [2]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • 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.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The August 2018 Philadelphia ANA Auction: World Coins and Selections from the El Dorado Collection of Colombian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.

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