France 1701-A 1/4 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 123, lot 765
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Shown is a quart d'écu aux insignes (quarter écu with insignia) struck at the Paris mint for France in the last years of Louis XIV's reign. The type was struck 1701-03 in substantial numbers. There are also tenth, half and one écus struck during this period with this design. This date is a common date but is still double the price of the previous quart d'écu aux palmes. This specimen was lot 765 in Jean Elsen sale 123 (Brussels, December 2014), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR quart d'écu aux insignes, 1701 A, Paris. 3e réformation. Droit: B. à droite, cuirassé à l'antique. Revers: Ecu de France rond, couronné, brochant sur une main de justice et un sceptre posés en sautoir. presque Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV (1643-1715), silver quarter écu of the insignia of 1701, Paris mint, third reformation. Obverse: armored bust to right; reverse: crowned arms of France over a baton and sceptre; about very fine.)"

Recorded mintage: unknown but probably the most common date.

Specification: 6.86 g, .917 fine silver, reeded edge, 28-29 mm diameter, designed by Norbert Roëttiers; this specimen 6,58 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 695, Dr/2 no. 428, KM 324.1, Dupl., 1535B; Gad-156.

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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 123, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2014.

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