France 1711-9 1/20 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 132, lot 790
This specimen was lot 790 in Jean Elsen sale 132 (Brussels, March 2017), where it sold for €80 (about US$101 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR vingtième d'écu au trois couronnes, 17119, Rennes. D/ B. à d., cuirassé à l'antique. R/ Trois couronnes posées en triangle, séparées par trois lis. Très rare. Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV (1643-1715), silver twentieth écu of the three crowns of 1711, Rennes mint. Obverse: cuirassed bust to right; reverse: three crowns in a triangle, separated by three fleurs-de-lys. Very rare, Fine.)"
We grade this specimen Very Good. This diminuitive coin, called a 1/20 d'écu aux trois couronnes, was the French equivalent of a half dime. This coin was originally tariffed at 4 sols 7½ deniers, then 5 sols, then 3 sols 6 deniers in 1715. After the reform of 1726, the 1/20 écu = 6 sols. The type was struck 1710-15. It was superseded by the 1/20 d'écu vertugadin of Louis XV in 1716.

Recorded mintage: 55,200, a fairly common date of a tough type.

Specification: 1.53 g, .917 fine silver, 16-19.5 mm diameter, this specimen 1,35 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/2 no. 455, Dr/4 no. 763, Dupl. 1572; Gad-110.

Source:

  • [1]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 5th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2010.
  • [2]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 132, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2017.

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