France 1788-MA 1/10 ecu

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Heritage sale 3005, lot 23269
photo courtesy Heritage Auctions

This specimen was struck at the Marseilles mint for France in 1788. It was lot 23269 in Heritage Auctions sale 3005 (Long Beach, May 2009), where it sold for $126.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Louis XVI 1/10 Ecu 1788MA, XF-AU, a tough coin to find in higher grades." Droulers[2] lists this date as common. Marseilles struck this denomination in 1788 and 1789 only.

Recorded mintage: 91,838[2], 92,000[3].

Specification: 2.95 g, .917 fine silver, .087 troy oz ASW, reeded edge, 21-22 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Gad-353, KM 568.8, Dr/4 no.887.


  • [1]Tucker, Warren and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3005: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2009.
  • [2]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • [3]Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.

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