France 1713-W 1/4 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 1366
This specimen was lot 1366 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR quart d'écu aux trois couronnes, 1713W, Lille. D/ B. à d., cuirassé à l'antique. R/ Trois couronnes posées en triangle, séparées par trois lis. Nettoyé. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, silver quarter écu of the three crowns of 1713, Lille mint. Obverse: armored bust right; reverse: three crowns posed in a triangle, separated by three lilies. Cleaned, Very Fine.)"
Shown is a quart d'écu aux trois couronnes (quarter écu with three crowns) struck at the Lille 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, half and one écus struck during this period with this design. This date is somewhat scarce; Droulers[2] prices it about 25% higher than the common date (1712-A). Its original face value was 22 sols tournois which, after various manipulations, was reduced to 17 sols 6 deniers in September 1715.

Recorded mintage: 55,296[2], a slightly better date.

Specification: 7.64 g, .917 fine silver, reeded edge, 28-29 mm diameter, designed by Norbert Roéttiers, this specimen 7,51 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 704, Dr/2 no. 453, KM 380.22, Dupl-1570; Gad-465.

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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