France 1709-L ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 132, lot 785
This specimen was lot 785 in Jean Elsen sale 132 (Brussels, March 2017), where it sold for €130 (about US$165 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR écu aux trois couronnes, 1709L, Bayonne. D/ B. cuir. à d. R/ Trois couronnes posées en triangle, séparées par trois lis. presque Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV (1643-1715), silver écu of the three crowns of 1709, Bayonne mint. Obverse: cuirassed bust to right; reverse: three crowns in a triangle, separated by three fleurs-de-lys. About Very Fine.)"
Bayonne is recorded for all years of the écu aux trois couronnes. This is last type of écu struck during the French Sun King's life. The type was struck 1709-15 in substantial numbers. There are also tenth, quarter and half écus struck during this period with this design.

Recorded mintage: 921,618, a fairly common date.

Specification: 30.59 g, .917 fine silver, edge lettered "DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM", designed by Norbert Roéttiers; this specimen 30,33 g.

Catalog reference: Dav-1324, KM 386, Dupl. 1568; Gad-229, Dr/4 no. 524, Dr/2 no. 450.

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.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • [2]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 132, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2017.

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