France 1691-A 1/4 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 1295
This specimen was lot 1295 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR quart d'écu aux huit L, 1691A, Paris. 1er type. 1e réformation. D/ B. dr. à d. R/ Croix formée de huit L couronnés, cantonnée de quatre lis. Très Beau à Superbe. Provient de notre liste 200, avril-octobre 1998, 1101. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, silver quarter écu of the eight "L's" of 1691, Paris mint, first type, first reformation. Obverse: draped bust right; reverse: cross formed of eight crowned "L's", cantonned with four lilies. Very Fine - Extremely Fine.)"
The specimen shown is an quart d'écu aux 8 L struck in Paris during the reign of Louis XIV. Its vace value was 15 sols, 6 deniers tournois, raised from the traditional 15 sols. This type was struck 1690-93 in small quantities, mostly overstriking older quarter écus ("flans reformés"--altho the specimen shows only traces of the undertype). It was succeeded by the quart d'écu aux palmes, which is quite a bit more available.

Recorded mintage: 1,883,260, all rf[21].

Specification: 6.86 g, .917 fine silver, 27-28 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by Joseph Roéttiers, this specimen 6,63 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 688A, Dr/2 no. 403, Dupl-1516A; Gad-150.

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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