France 1690-P ecu

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Jean Elsen list 269, lot 898
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This specimen was lot 898 in Jean Elsen list 269 (Brussels, July-August 2014), where it was offered for €1,000 (about US$1,361). The catalog description[2] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR demi-écu aux huit L, 1690 P, Dijon. 1er type. Avec LUD· dans la légende. 1e réformation. Droit: B. drapé à droite. Revers: Croix formée de huit L couronnés, cantonnés de quatre lis. Superbe (kingdom of France, Louis XIV (1643-1715), silver half écu of eight 'L's' of 1690, Dijon mint, first type, with "LUD" in the legend, first reformation. Obverse: draped bust to right; reverse: cross formed of eight 'L's', four fleur-de-lys in the fields. Extremely fine.)"
This type was struck 1690-93 in large quantities, mostly overstriking older écus ("flans reformés"--most specimens have a visible undertype). It was succeeded by the écu aux palmes. Droulers[1] prices this date about 25% higher than common, but even a common date is priced two and a half times that of an écu à la mèche longue.

Recorded mintage: 13,049 new plus 85,893 "flans reformés" (common date).

Specification: 27.45 g, .917 fine silver, 38-41 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVVM FAC REGEM, designed by Joseph Roéttiers, this specimen 13,31 g.

Catalog reference: Dav-3811, Dupl., 1515A; Ci., 1890; Gad-184, Dr/4 no. 616. KM 275.11.

Source:

  • [1]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.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1600-1700, Galesburg, IL, 1974.
  • [2]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Liste 269: Juillet-Septembre 2014, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2014.

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