France 1695-C ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 140, lot 709
This specimen was lot 709 in Jean Elsen sale 140 (Brussels, March 2019), where it sold for €130 (about US$173 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR écu aux palmes, 1695C, Caen. 2e réformation. D/ B. cuir. à d. R/ Ecu de France rond, couronné, entre deux palmes. Rare. Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, écu of the palms of 1695, Caen mint, second reformation. Obverse: armored bust to right; reverse: crowned round arms of France between two palms. Rare, Fine.)"
This type was struck 1693-1701 in large quantities, mostly overstriking older écus ("flans reformés"--see the specimen shown for the visible undertype). It was succeeded by the écu aux insignes. Droulers[1] prices this date only about 60% more than the common date, despite the insignificant mintage, but even a common date is priced 20% higher than an écu à la mèche longue.

Recorded mintage: 1,765, plus 7,160 flans reformées.

Specification: 27.45 g, .917 fine silver, 38-41 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVVM FAC REGEM; this specimen 26,49 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl-1520A; Gad-217, Dr/4 no. 510, Dav-3813, KM 298.5.

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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