France 1695-T ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 138, lot 1040
This specimen was lot 1040 in Jean Elsen sale 138 (Brussels, September 2018), where it sold for €240 (about US$333 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR écu aux palmes, 1695T, Nantes. Flan neuf. D/ B. cuir. à d. R/ Ecu de France rond, couronné, entre deux palmes. Très rare Traces d'ajustage. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, silver écu of palms of 1695, nantes mint, new planchet. Obverse: armored bust to right; reverse: crowned round arms of France between two palms. Very rare, traces of adjustment marks, 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[2] 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.

Recorded mintage: 12,260 fn + unknown rf, a better date[2].

Specification: 27.45 g, .917 fine silver, 38-41 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVVM FAC REGEM, designed by Joseph Roéttiers; this specimen 27,24 g.

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

Source:

  • [2]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.
  • 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 138, Collection A. BLONDEL, Collection M. HENDRICKX, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2018.

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