France 1713-L ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 112, lot 1230
France 1713L ecu rev JElsen 112-1230.jpg
This specimen was lot 1230 in Jean Elsen sale 112 (Brussels, March 2012) where it sold for € 220 ($344 including buyer's fee). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE ROYALE, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR écu aux trois couronnes, 1713 L, Bayonne. Droit : B. cuirassé à droite. Revers : Trois couronnes posées en triangle, séparées par trois lis. Nettoyé. Traces d'ajustage. Très Beau à Superbe. (France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, silver écu of three crowns, Bayonne mint. Obverse: armored bust to right; reverse: three crowns posed in a triangle, separated by three fleur-de-lys. Cleaned, adjustment marks, very fine to 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 1/2 écus struck during this period with this design.

Recorded mintage: 367,483.

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

Catalog reference: Dav-1324, Dupl-1568; Ci-1937; Gad-229, Dr/4 no. 524, Dr/2 no. 450, KM 386.

Source:

  • 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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 112, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2012.

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