France 1711-S 1/4 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 1365
This specimen was lot 1365 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it sold for €320 (about US$424 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR quart d'écu aux trois couronnes, 1711S, Reims. D/ B. à d., cuirassé à l'antique. R/ Trois couronnes posées en triangle, séparées par trois lis. Coin de droit légèrement rouillé. Belle patine. Rare dans cette qualité. Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, silver quarter écu of the three crowns of 1711, Reims mint. Obverse: armored bust right; reverse: three crowns posed in a triangle, separated by three lilies. Worn obverse die, nice patina, rare in this quality. Extremely Fine.)"
Shown is a quart d'écu aux trois couronnes (quarter écu with three crowns) struck at the Reims mint in the last years of Louis XIV's reign. This is the last type of quarter écu struck during the Sun King's life. The type was struck 1709-15 in substantial numbers. There are also 1/10, 1/2 and one écus struck during this period with this bust. This date is somewhat scarce; Droulers prices it about 75% higher than the common date (1711-A).

Recorded mintage: 201[2], perhaps a misprint for 20,100 or 201,000. A better date but not rare.

Specification: 7.64 g, .917 fine silver, reeded edge, 28-29 mm diameter, designed by Norbert Roéttiers, this specimen 7,67 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 704, Dr/2 no. 453, Dupl-1570; Gad-165.

Source:

  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • [2]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.
  • 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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