France 1701-B 1/4 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 145, lot 1149
This specimen was lot 1149 in Jean Elsen sale 145 (Brussels, September 2020), where it sold for €200 (about US$285 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR quart d'écu aux insignes, 1701B, Rouen. 3e réformation. D/ B. à d., cuirassé à l'antique. R/ Ecu de France rond, couronné, brochant sur une main de justice et un sceptre posés en sautoir. Rare Réformé sur un quart d'écu aux huit L, 1690. Très Beau. Provient de notre vente 68, 14 décembre 2001, 1344. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, silver quarter écu of the insignia of 1701, Rouen mint, third reformation. Obverse: armored bust right; reverse: round arms of France over crossed scepters. Rare, struck over a quarter écu of the eight "L's" of 1690. Very Fine.)"
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 twelfth, half and one écus struck during this period with this design. This date is a scarce date but is still double the price of the previous quart d'écu aux palmes.

Recorded mintage: unknown but all rf.

Specification: 6.86 g, .917 fine silver, reeded edge, 28-29 mm diameter, designed by Joseph Roëttiers, this specimen 6,53 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 695, Dr/2 no. 428, KM 324.2, Dupl-1535B; Gad-156.

Source:

  • Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 2nd édition. Paris: AFPN, 1998.
  • 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 145, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2020.

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