France 1713-C ecu

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from Jean Elsen sale 137, lot 1018
This specimen was lot 1018 in Jean Elsen sale 137 (Brussels, June 2018), where it sold for €180 (about US$251 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR écu aux trois couronnes, 1713C, Caen. D/ B. cuir. à d. R/ Trois couronnes posées en triangle, séparées par trois lis. Nettoyé. Légers défauts de flan. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, silver écu of the three crowns of 1713, Caen mint. Obverse: armored bust right; reverse: three crowns in a triangle, separated by three lilies. Cleaned, minor planchet defects, very 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: est. 95,040[1], a better date.

Specification: 30.59 g, .917 fine silver, edge lettered "DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM", designed by Norbert Roéttiers; this specimen 30,43 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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