France 1715-K 1/10 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 1369
This specimen was lot 1369 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it sold for €95 (about US$126 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR dixième d'écu aux trois couronnes, 1715K, Bordeaux. D/ B. à d., cuirassé à l'antique. R/ Trois couronnes posées en triangle, séparées par trois lis. Rare Belle patine. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, silver tenth écu of the three crowns of 1715, Bordeaux mint. Obverse: armored bust right; reverse: three crowns posed in a triangle, separated by three lilies. Rare, nice patina, Very Fine.)"
Shown is a dixième d'écu aux trois couronnes (tenth écu with three crowns) struck at the Bordeaux mint in the last years of Louis XIV's reign. This is the only type of tenth écu struck during the Sun King's life. The type was struck 1709-15 in substantial numbers. There are also 1/20, 1/4, half and one écus struck during this period with this design. This date is common. Its original face value was 9 sols 6 deniers, which was reduced to 7 sols by September 1715.

Recorded mintage: 310,350[2], a common date.

Specification: 3.06 g, .917 fine silver, reeded edge, designed by Norbert Roéttiers, this specimen 3,03 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 722, Dr/2 no. 454, KM 379.10, Dupl-1571; Gad-125.

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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