France 1691-L ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 143, lot 1660
This specimen was lot 1660 in Jean Elsen sale 143 (Brussels, December 2019), where it sold for €1,000 (about US$1,306 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR écu aux huit L, 1691L, Bayonne. 1er type. Réformation. D/ B. dr. à d. R/ Croix formée de huit L couronnés, cantonnée de quatre lis. Rare. Très Beau à Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, silver écu of the 8 L's of 1691, Bayonne mint, first type, reformed. Obverse: draped bust right; reverse: cross formed of eight crowned "L's", cantonned with four lilies. Rare, Very Fine - Extremely Fine.)"
The specimen shown is an écu aux 8 L struck in Toulouse during the reign of Louis XIV. This type was struck 1690-93 in large quantities, mostly overstriking older écus (flans reformés). It was succeeded by the écu aux palmes. Droulers[2] prices this date as fairly common as a flan reformé, but even a common date is priced two and a half times that of an écu à la mèche longue.

Recorded mintage: 17,700 + 71,385 flans reformées[2].

Specification: 27.45 g, .917 fine silver, 37-38 mm diameter, plain edge, this specimen 27,21 g.

Catalog reference: Dav-3811, Dupl. 1514A; Gad-216, Dr/4 no. 508, Dr/2 no. 396, KM 275.14.

Source:

  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1600-1700, Galesburg, IL, 1974.
  • 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, Vente Publique 143, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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