France 1710-N 1/20 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 121, lot 1163
France 1710N 1-20 ecu rev JElsen 121-1163.jpg
This specimen was lot 1163 in Jean Elsen sale 121 (Brussels, June 2014), where it sold for €120 (about US$192 including buyers' fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR vingtième d'écu au trois couronnes, 1710 N, Montpellier. Droit: B. à droite, cuirassé à l'antique. Revers: Trois couronnes posées en triangle, séparées par trois lis. Très Rare. Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV (1643-1715), silver twentieth écu of the three crowns of 1710, Montpellier mint. Obverse: bust to right, wearing Roman armor; reverse: three crowns posed in a triangle, separated by three fleur-de-lys. Very rare, fine.)"
This diminuitive coin, called a 1/20 d'écu aux trois couronnes, was the French equivalent of a half dime. This coin was originally tariffed at 4 sols 7½ deniers, then 5 sols, then 3 sols 6 deniers in 1715. After the reform of 1726, the 1/20 écu = 6 sols. The type was struck 1710-15 but is recorded for the Montpellier mint ("N") in 1710-11 only. The date is scarce. It was superseded by the 1/20 d'écu vertugadin of Louis XV in 1716.

Recorded mintage: 30,172.

Specification: 1.53 g, .917 fine silver, 16-19.5 mm diameter, this specimen 1,45 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/2 no. 455, Dr/4 no. 763, Dupl., 1572; Ci., 1941; Gad-110.

Source:

  • 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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 121, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2014.

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