France 1713-A ecu

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from Jean Elsen sale 137, lot 1017
This specimen was lot 1017 in Jean Elsen sale 137 (Brussels, June 2018), where it sold for €1,700 (about US$2,366 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR écu aux trois couronnes, 1713A, Paris. D/ B. cuir. à d. R/ Trois couronnes posées en triangle, séparées par trois lis. Belle patine. Fine griffe sur la joue, sinon un excellent exemplaire frappé sur flan large. Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, silver écu of the three crowns of 1713, Paris mint. Obverse: armored bust right; reverse: three crowns in a triangle, separated by three lilies. Nice patina, well struck on a large planchet, extremely fine.)"
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 1/10, 1/4 and half écus struck during this period with this design.

Recorded mintage: 1,544,536[1], a common date.

Specification: 30.59 g, .917 fine silver, edge lettered "DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM", designed by Norbert Roéttiers; this specimen 30,56 g.

Catalog reference: Dav-1324, Dupl-1568; Gad-229, Dr/4 no. 524, Dr/2 no. 450, KM 386.

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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [2]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 137, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2018.

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