France 1710-D 1/4 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 111, lot 1156
France 1710D quart ecu rev JElsen 111-1156.jpg
This specimen was lot 1156 in Jean Elsen sale 111 (Brussels, December 2011), where it sold for 160 euro (about US$246 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE ROYALE, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR quart d'écu aux trois couronnes, 1710 D, Lyon. Droit : B. cuirassé à droite. Revers : Trois couronnes posées en triangle, séparées par trois lis. Fines traces d'ajustage. Belle patine. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV (1643-1715), silver quarter écu of three crowns of 1710, Lyon mint. Obverse: armored bust to right; reverse: three crowns in a triangle, separated by three lilies. Adjustment marks, nice patina, very fine.)"
Altho quarter écus were never produced in large quantities, this type, issued 1709-15, is fairly available. This date is reasonably common. There are also 1/10, half and one écus struck during this period with this design.

Recorded mintage: 201,160.

Specification: 7.65 g, .917 fine silver, 28-29 mm diameter, this specimen 7,60 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl., 1570; Ci., 1939; Dr/4 no. 704, Dr/2 no. 453, KM 380.4.

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, Vente Publique 111, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses fils, S.A., 2011.

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