France 1690-A ecu

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from Jean Elsen sale 132, lot 775
This specimen was lot 775 in Jean Elsen sale 132 (Brussels, March 2017), where it sold for €270 (about US$342 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR écu aux huit L, 1690A, Paris. 1er type. 1e réformation. D/ B. dr. à d. R/ Croix formée de huit L couronnés, cantonnés de quatre lis. Réformé sur un écu au buste juvénile de 1669. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV (1643-1715), silver écu of the eight "L's" of 1690, Paris mint, first type, first reformation. Obverse: draped bust to right; reverse: cross formed of eight crowned "L's" with four fleurs-de-lys in the fields. Struck over an écu of 1669, Very fine.)"
This type was struck 1690-93 and is the first reasonably common type after the scarce dates of the 1670's and 1680's. Gadoury notes this mint as common.

Recorded mintage: 2,409,256 on new blanks plus an unknown but large number struck over previous types.

Specification: 27.45 g, .917 fine silver, edge lettered DOMINE SALVVM FAC REGEM, designed by Joseph Roéttiers, lettered edge; this specimen is 26,81 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 508, Dr/2 no. 396, Dav-3811, Dupl. 1514A; Gad-216.

Source:

  • 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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 132, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2017.

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