France 1716-& 1/4 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 133, lot 1247
This specimen was lot 1247 in Jean Elsen sale 133 (Brussels, June 2017), where it sold for €520 (about US$687 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AR quart d'écu Vertugadin, 1716&, Aix. Réformation. D/ B. enfantin à d., dr. et cuir. R/ Ecu de France rond, couronné. Rare Belle patine. Très Beau à Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, silver quarter écu vertugadin of 1716, Aix mint, reformed. Obverse: draped and armored young bust to right; reverse: crowned round arms of France. Rare, nice toning, very fine to extremely fine.)"
Droulers[1] notes that all known examples are struck "flan reformés," i.e., over earlier types. The type was struck until 1718, when it was replaced by the quart d'écu de France et Navarre. It is priced lower than its sister, the écu vertugadin, tho much scarcer.

Recorded mintage: unknown but a fairly common date of a tough type. All are struck on "reformed" blanks.

Specification: 7.64 g, .917 fine silver, 25 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by Norbert Roéttiers, this specimen 7,57 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 837, Dr/2 no. 555, Dupl. 1653A; Gad-302.


  • [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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [2]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 133, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2017.

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