France 1713-A 1/20 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 1370
This specimen was lot 1370 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR vingtième d'écu aux trois couronnes, 1713A, Paris. D/ B. à d., cuirassé à l'antique. R/ Trois couronnes posées en triangle, séparées par trois lis. Très rare. presque Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, silver 1/20 écu of the three crowns of 1713, Paris mint. Obverse: armored bust right; reverse: three crowns posed in a triangle, separated by three lilies. Very rare, about Very Fine.)"
This diminutive coin, called a vingtième 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 It was superseded by the vingtième d'écu vertugadin of Louis XV in 1716.

Recorded mintage: 34,560[2], a better date.

Specification: 1.53 g, .917 fine silver, 16-19.5 mm diameter, this specimen 1,47 g.

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

Source:

  • 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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 141, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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