France 1694-A ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 143, lot 1661
This specimen was lot 1661 in Jean Elsen sale 143 (Brussels, December 2019), where it sold for €420 (about US$548 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR écu aux palmes, 1694A, Paris. Flan neuf. D/ B. à d., cuirassé à l'antique. R/ Ecu de France rond, couronné, entre deux palmes. Belle patine. Très Beau à Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, silver écu of the palms of 1694, Paris mint, new blank. Obverse: armored bust right; reverse: crowned round arms of France between two palms. Nice patina, Very Fine - Extremely Fine.)"
The écu aux palmes was struck 1693-1701, the majority over older types. The first two years are common but the issues dwindled later. This is a common date.

Recorded mintage: 848,079 + unknown flans reformées[2].

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

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 510, Dr/2 no. 410, Dav-3813, Dupl. 1520A; Gad-217.

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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