France 1686-LL 1/8 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 125, lot 1761
Jean Elsen sale 136, lot 1434
The first specimen was lot 1761 in Jean Elsen sale 125 (Brussels, June 2015), where it sold for €240 (about US$319 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR huitième d'écu de Flandre, 1686-LL, Lille. Buste étroit. D/ B. dr. à d., coiffé d'une longue perruque. R/ Ecu couronné, écartelé de France, Bourgogne moderne et Bourgogne ancien. Nettoyé presque Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV (1643-1715), silver eighth écu of Flanders of 1686, Lille mint, thin bust. Obverse: draped bust to right with long wig; reverse: arms of France quartered with old Burgundy. Cleaned, almost very fine.)"
The second specimen was lot 1434 in Jean Elsen sale 136 (Brussels, March 2018), where it sold for €460 (about US$675 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR huitième d'écu de Flandre, 1686L couronné, Lille. Buste étroit. D/ B. dr. à d., coiffé d'une longue perruque au bas de laquelle un petit lis. R/ Ecu couronné, écartelé de France, Bourgogne moderne et Bourgogne ancien. Rare. Très Beau."
In the late 1680's the regime of Louis XIV issued a series of coins designed to circulate solely in Flanders and the other newly annexed territories on the border of the Spanish Netherlands (now Belgium). All are scarce today. A slightly modified type was struck 1687-88 (Dr/4 no. 758B) and a eighth écu de Flandre aux palmes (Dr/4 no. 718) was issued 1694-1700. The later type bears the "W" mintmark, used by Lille after 1693.

Recorded mintage: 210,750.

Specification: 4.70 g, .857 fine silver, 23.5-25 mm diameter, the first specimen 4,61 g, the second specimen 4,66 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 717A, Dr/2 no. 486A, Dupl. 1512; Gad-130.

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 125: Collections Dr. Jacques Marneffe, Jean-Marie Chouters et Henri Pottier, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2015.
  • [2]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 136: Collection Martiny, Collection Nef, Collection Casterman, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2018.

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