France 1694-N 1/4 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 1319
This specimen was lot 1319 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it sold for €80 (about US$106 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR quart d'écu aux palmes, 1694N, Montpellier. 2e réformation. D/ B. cuir. à d. R/ Ecu de France rond, couronné, entre deux palmes. Griffes. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, silver quarter écu of the palms of 1694, Montpellier mint, second reformation. Obverse: armored bust right; reverse: crowned round arms of France between two palms. Scratches, Very Fine.)"
The specimen shown is an quart d'écu aux palmes struck at the Montpellier mint during the reign of Louis XIV. It succeeded the quart d'écu aux 8 L struck 1690-93 and was superseded by the quart d'écu aux insignes struck 1701-03. It is more common than either type altho the 1694-N is a somewhat scarce date.

Recorded mintage: 257,052, all rf[2].

Specification: 6.86 g, .917 fine silver, 27-28 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by Joseph Roéttiers, this specimen 6,34 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 691, Dr/2 no. 414, KM 293.13, Dupl-1522A; Gad-152.

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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