France 1694-H ecu

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from Jean Elsen sale 132, lot 779
This specimen was lot 779 in Jean Elsen sale 132 (Brussels, March 2017), where it sold for €220 (about US$279 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR écu aux palmes, 1694H, La Rochelle. 2e réformation. D/ B. cuir. à d. R/ Ecu de France rond, couronné, entre deux palmes. Réformé sur un écu aux huit L de Paris. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV (1643-1715), silver écu of the palms of 1694, La Rochelle mint, second reformation. Obverse: cuirassed bust to right; reverse: crowned round arms of France between two palm branches, struck over an écu of the eight "L's" of the Paris mint. Very 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 better date.

Recorded mintage: 20,838 on new blanks plus an unknown but moderate number struck over previous types.

Specification: 27.45 g, .917 fine silver, edge lettered DOMINE SALVVM FAC REGEM, designed by Joseph Roéttiers, lettered edge; this specimen is 27,10 g.

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

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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • 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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 132, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2017.

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