France 1644-A 1/48 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 1224
This specimen was lot 1224 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it sold for €600 (about US$795 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR quarante-huitième d'écu à la mèche courte et au buste drapé, 1644A, Paris. D/ B. enfantin, l. et dr. à d. R/ Ecu de France couronné. Rare. Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, silver 1/48 écu of the short lock and draped bust of 1644, Paris mint. Obverse: laureate and draped infant bust right; obverse: crowned arms of France. Rare, Extremely Fine.)"
This piece is considered a pattern and is not listed in Droulers tho it turns up in auctions from time to time. If it had gone into production, it would have had a face value of 15 deniers tournois.

Recorded mintage: unknown[2].

Specification: 0.57 g, .917 fine silver, plain edge, this specimen 0,56 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 unlisted, Dupl-1468; Gad-89.

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.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • 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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