France 1711-B ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 124, lot 931
This specimen was lot 931 in Jean Elsen sale 124 (Brussels, March 2015), where it sold for €500 (about US$623 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR écu aux trois couronnes, 1711 B, Rouen. Droit: B. cuirassé à droite. Revers: Trois couronnes posées en triangle, séparées par trois lis. Nettoyé. Fines traces d'ajustage. presque Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV (1643-1715), silver écu of the three crowns of 1711, Rouen mint. Obverse: armored bust to right; reverse: three crowns in a triangle, separated by three lilies. Cleaned, slight traces of adjustment marks, about extremely fine.)"
Shown is a écu aux trois couronnes ("écu with three crowns") struck at the Rouen mint in the last years of Louis XIV's reign. This is last type of écu struck in France during the Sun King's life. The type was struck 1709-15 in substantial numbers. There are also 1/10, quarter and half écus struck during this period with this design. This date is fairly common; Droulers[1] prices it about 10% higher than the common date (1713-A or 1715-A).

Recorded mintage: 860,458[1].

Specification: 30.59 g, .917 fine silver, 41 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Joseph Roéttiers; this specimen 30,42 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 524, Dr/2 no. 450, Dupl., 1568; Gad-229, KM 386.2, Dav-1324.

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 124, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2015.

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