France 1701-N ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 145, lot 1148
This specimen was lot 1148 in Jean Elsen sale 145 (Brussels, September 2020), where it sold for €210 (about US$299 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR écu aux insignes, 1701N, Montpellier. 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. Dupl-1533B; Gad-220. 26,69 g. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, silver écu of the insignia of 1701, Montpellier mint, third reformation. Obverse: armored bust right; reverse: round arms of France over crossed scepters. very Fine.)"
This écu aux insignes was struck 1701-03, mostly overstriking older écus ("flans reformés"). It was succeeded by the écu aux 8 L, 2éme type. Droulers[2] prices this date about 25% higher than the common 1701-A.

Recorded mintage: 220,768, all rf.

Specification: 27.45 g, .917 fine silver, 39-41 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVVM FAC REGEM, designed by Joseph Roëttiers, this specimen 6,53 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 513, Dr/2 no. 420, KM 369.13, Dupl-1535B; Gad-220, Dav-1316.

Source:

  • [2]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.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed. London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 145, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2020.

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