France 1695-E ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 114, lot 1169
France 1695E ecu rev JElsen 114-1169.jpg
This specimen was lot 1169 in Jean Elsen sale 114 (Brussels, September 2012) where it sold for €250 (about $386 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"FRANCE ROYALE, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR écu aux palmes, 1695 E, Tours. 2e réformation. Droit: B. à droite, cuirassé à l'antique. Revers: Ecu de France rond, couronné, entre deux palmes. Très Beau. (France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, silver écu of the palms of 1695, Tours mint, second reform. Obverse: armored bust to right; reverse: crowned round shield of France, surrounded by two palm branches. Very 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 about 60% more than the common date, but even a common date is priced 20% higher than an écu à la mèche longue.

Reported Mintage: unknown but noted as "R2" in Gadoury with all known specimens struck on reformed blanks.

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., 1520A; Ci., 1894; Gad-217, Dr/4 no. 510, Dr/2 no. 410, Dav-3813, KM 298.

Source:

  • 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]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • [2]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 114, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2012.

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