France 1756-Pau ecu

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from Sincona sale 11, lot 1342
This specimen was lot 1342 in Sincona sale 11 (Zurich, May 2013), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANKREICH Louis XV. 1715-1774. Ecu au bandeau 1756, Pau (Mzz. Kuh). Gutes sehr schön. (France, Louis XV, 1715-74, écu 'of the ribbon' of 1756, Pau mint, good very fine.)"
This specimen of the écu au bandeau is from the Pau mint. Pau, high up in the Pyrenees, was a backwoods town but in this period was becoming an important stop in the French-Spanish trade. Many Spanish and Spanish American coins disappeared into the mint's furnaces, to be reborn as French écus au bandeau, hence this mintmark is common.

Recorded mintage: unknown but common[2].

Specification: silver, 11 deniers (.917 fine), 8.3 pieces to the mark (29.488 g), face value 6 livres, 39 mm diameter. Engraved by Joseph-Charles Röettiers. This specimen is 29.09 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 820a, Dr/2 no. 584a, KM 518, Duplessy 1680. Dav-A1331, Gad-322a.


  • [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.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals & Banknotes, Auction 11, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2013.

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