France 1788-M ecu

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from the Stack's Bowers 2019 ANA sale, lot 22499
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This specimen was lot 22499 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Chicago, August 2019), where it sold for $312. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. Ecu, 1788-M. Toulouse Mint. Louis XVI. NGC AU-55. Issued shortly before the French Revolution. Premium for the grade with fresh luster in the fields and attractive olive-gold toning highlights that outline the designs on both sides." This specimen is an écu au buste habillé struck at the Bayonne mint, one of a type struck there 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.

Recorded mintage: 1,343,255[2].

Specification: 29.48 g, .917 fine silver, 40-42 mm diameter, lettered edge.

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


  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • [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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • [1]Orsini, Matt, Richard Ponterio and Kyle Ponterio, The August 2019 Chicago ANA Auction: World Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2019.

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