France 1730-T ecu

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 ANA sale, lot 20421
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This specimen was lot 20421 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. Ecu, 1730-T. Nantes Mint. Louis XV (1715-74). PCGS MS-64 Secure Holder. Outstanding quality for the issue, showcasing superb originality in the form of deep tone that is mostly gray and gold in the centers, but incorporates eye-catching shades of green, red, copper and blue around the legends. The addition of a strong strike and no visible planchet adjustments propels this near-Gem to even rarer levels; the single finest graded of the type at PCGS." This coin is an écu aux branches d'olivier from the Nantes mint. Many Nantes mint issues are rare but this one is only somewhat scarce. The type was struck 1726-40 during the reign of Louis XV. This coin was part of the great coinage reform of Cardinal Fleury which finally terminated the manipulations which had disrupted the economy since the 1690's.

Recorded mintage: 343,523[2].

Specification: 29.49 g, .917 fine silver, 39-41 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM.

Catalog reference: Dav-1330; KM-486.2; Gad-321; Dr/5 no. 746; Dr/4 no. 819, Dr/2 no. 579, Dupl-1675.


  • [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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