France 1653-B 1/4 ecu

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from Jean Elsen sale 132, lot 768
This specimen was lot 768 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 quart d'écu à la mèche longue, 1653B, Rouen. D/ B. enfantin, l., dr. et cuir. à d. R/ Ecu de France couronné. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV (1643-1715), silver quarter écu of the long hair of 1653, Rouen mint. Obverse: laureate, draped infant bust to right; reverse: crowned arms of France. Very fine.)"
Altho quarter écus of Louis XIV are not rare, they were never minted in the numbers of the half écus and full écus. Many dates are very rare. This type was issued 1646-60.

Recorded mintage: 57,780 (a better date).

Specification: 6.86 g, .917 fine silver, 27 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Jean Warin or Isaac Briot, this specimen 6,83 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 646, Dr/2 no. 304, Dupl. 1471; Gad. 140.

Source:

  • 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, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 132, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2017.

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