France 1709-X ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 1357
This specimen was lot 1357 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it sold for €110 (about US$146 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR écu aux trois couronnes, 1709X, Amiens. 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, Amiens mint. Obverse: armored bust right; reverse: three crowns posed in a triangle, separated by three lilies. about Very Fine.)"
Amiens is recorded for all years of the écu aux trois couronnes. This is last type of écu struck during the 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 bust.

Recorded mintage: 999,389.

Specification: 30.59 g, .917 fine silver, edge lettered "DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM", designed by Norbert Roéttiers, this specimen 30,32 g.

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

Source:

  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • 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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 141, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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