France 1788-L ecu

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CGB sale 31, lot 1502

This specimen is an écu au buste habillé struck at the Bayonne mint, one of a type struck there for France 1775-91. Its divisions were the ½, 1/5, 1/10 and vingtième d'écu, struck in modest quantities. The écu was worth $1.10 in the USA before the Civil War. The écu au buste habillé is the most popular coin of Louis XVI among collectors. This specimen was lot 1502 in CGB sale 31 (Paris, June 2007) and is counted as a slightly better date.

Recorded mintage: 2,038,372[1].

Specification: silver, 11 deniers (.917 fine), 8.3 pieces to the mark (29.488 g), face value 6 livres, 39 mm diameter. Engraved by Benjamin Duvivier.

Catalog reference: Dr/2 no. 616, Dr/4 no. 883, Dav-1333, KM 564.9; Gad-356.


  • [1]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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.

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