France 1700-N 1/4 ecu

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Sincona sale 51, lot 3448
This specimen was lot 3448 in Sincona sale 51 (Zurich, October 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description[2] noted,
"Frankreich, Louis XIV. 1643-1715. 1/4 Ecu aux palmes 1700 N, Montpellier. Réformation. Von grösster Seltenheit. Sehr schön. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, quarter écu of the palms, Montpellier mint, reformed. Of the highest rarity, Very fine.)"
The specimen shown is an quart d'écu aux palmes struck at the Montpellier mint 1693-1700. It succeeded the quart d'écu aux 8 L struck 1690-93 and was superseded by the quart d'écu aux insignes struck 1701-03.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 but this is a rare date, being noted as "reported, not confirmed"[1].

Recorded mintage: 186[1].

Specification: 6.74 g, .917 fine silver, reeded edge, designed by Joseph Roéttiers; this specimen 6.62 g.

Catalog reference: Gadoury 152, Dr/4 no. 691, Dr/2 no. 414, KM 293.16.

Source:

  • [1]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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [2]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 51: Gold and Silver Coins and Medals; Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2018.

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