France 1693-Y ecu Dav-3811

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Jean Elsen sale 140, lot 707
This specimen was lot 707 in Jean Elsen sale 140 (Brussels, March 2019), where it sold for €500 (about US$666 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR écu aux huit L, 1693Y, Bourges. 1er type. 1e réformation. D/ B. dr. à d. R/ Croix formée de huit L couronnés, cantonnés de quatre lis. Exemplaire bien réformé, particulièrement au droit. Frappe vigoureuse, avec beau portrait. presque Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, silver écu of the 8 L's of 1693, first type, first reformation, Bourges mint. Obverse: draped bust to right; reverse: cross formed of eight crowned L's, cantonned with four lilies. Well struck example, particularly on the obverse. Nice portrait, about Extremely Fine.)"
This écu aux huit L was struck at numerous mints 1690-93 and the type is common. The écu aux huit L dated 1693 are a little scarce as the mints switched mid-year to the succeeding écu aux palmes.

Recorded mintage: 4,106, plus more flans reformées.

Specification: 27.45 g, .917 fine silver, 38-41 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVVM FAC REGEM; this specimen 27,31 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl-1514A; Gad-216, Dr/4 no. 508, Dav-3811, KM 275.16.

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.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • 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 140, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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