France 1699-BB 17 sols

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Jean Elsen sale 104, lot 745
France 1699BB 17 sols rev JElsen 104-745.jpg
This specimen was lot 745 in Jean Elsen sale 104 (Brussels, March 2010). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE ROYALE, Louis XIV (1643-1715), 17 sols de Strasbourg aux palmes, 1699 BB (sur 1698), Frappe postérieure (?) en étain. Droit : Grande fleur de lis. Revers : Ecu de France rond, couronné, entre deux palmes. Superbe" (France, Louis XIV, 17 sols of Strasbourg with palms, 1699/8-BB, perhaps a later strike in tin. Obverse: large fleur-de-lys; reverse: round shield of France, crowned, between two palms. Extremely fine).
Droulers[2] lists this type as a 17½ sols (about ¼ écu) and gives it a very high catalog value. The auctioneer did not think this specimen was genuine as the estimate was less than one fortieth of Droulers' value.

Recorded mintage: unknown but rare.

Specification: 7.65 g, .729 fine silver, 29 mm diameter, plain edge.

Catalog reference: Dupl-1601; Ciani-2056; Dr/4 no. 694.

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.
  • [1]Philippe Elsen, Vente 104, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, 2010.
  • 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.

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