1783 Louis XVI Ecu

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  1. Magnus Maximus

    Magnus Maximus Dulce et Decorum est....

    I normally don't collect French coins, but this lovely 1783 Ecu is an exception to the rule. When it was minted in 1783 the French crown was essentially bankrupt.

    Feel free to post any coins!
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  3. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Very nice

    Louis XVI (1754 - 1793 A.D.)
    AR Écu aux branches d'olivier
    O: LUD•XVI•D•G•FR• - ET• NA•RE•BD(entrelacées); Ornamental stitching on uniform.
    R: • SIT NOMEN DOMINI - BENEDICTUM 1783 A, Crowned arms of France within branches.
    Paris Mint
    Dy# 1708, KM 564.1
  4. posnerfan_48

    posnerfan_48 Member

    Beautiful coin, I've always been partial to the fleur de lis! Any idea why there's that tiny duck on the front?
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  5. Magnus Maximus

    Magnus Maximus Dulce et Decorum est....

    I was wondering that too. Could it be a mint mark?
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  6. jgenn

    jgenn World Crown Collector

    The mint mark is on the reverse, 'A' for the Paris mint. The heron on the obverse is the local mintmaster's privy mark. The lyre to the left of the date is the local engraver's privy mark.

    There is a reference at the beginning of the France section of the Standard Catalog of World Coins 1701-1800.
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  7. panzerman

    panzerman Well-Known Member

    Actually its the mark of mint master.
    Here are some Louis XVI from my collection.
    AV Double Louis d'or 1786-N Montpelier Mint france-5336847-S.jpg
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  8. jgenn

    jgenn World Crown Collector

    Here's my écu of Louis XVI from the very end of his reign. Mintmark 'K' for Bordeaux.

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  9. Eduard

    Eduard Supporter**

    Lovely coin,@ Magnus Maximus. Love the patina which gives the coin a very pleasing look.

    I do collect a few French, here are some for Louis, and for the Convention which followed after he was executed.

    This Louis d'or dated 1790 from Montpellier is very rare. I have only been able to trace 2 examples sold in the last 20 years.

    France ecu d'or louis XVI 1790 Atelier N - Montpeller - OBV1 N VGP.jpg

    Ecu de Six Livres de la Convention - Atelier D (Lyon).

    Ecu de Six Livres 1793 D Lyon full picture - 1.jpg

    Ecu de Six Libres de La Convention - Atelier W (Lille).

    Ecu de Six Livres Lille 1793 OBV1 N - 1.jpg Ecu de Six Livres Lille 1793 REV1 N - 1.jpg
  10. PaulTudor

    PaulTudor Well-Known Member

    1784 Ecu Paris

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