France 1716-H 1/4 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 116, lot 1482
France 1716H quart ecu rev JElsen 116-1482.jpg
This specimen was lot 1482 in Jean Elsen sale 116 (Brussels, March 2013), where it sold for €280 ($425 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE ROYALE, Louis XV (1715-1774), AR quart d'écu Vertugadin, 1716 H, La Rochelle. Réformation. Droit: B. enfantin à droite, drapé et cuirassé. Revers: Ecu de France rond, couronné. Belle patine. Très Beau (kingdom of France, Louis XV (1715-74), silver quarter écu vertugadin of 1716, La Rochelle mint, struck on reformed planchet. Obverse: infant bust to right, draped and armored; reverse: round arms of France, crowned. Nice toning, very fine.)"
Quarter écus were struck for Louis XV 1716-25 but most are rare. It was replaced by the fifth écu in the great reform of 1726 that ends all the restrikes and manipulations of the beginning of Louis's reign.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 7.64 g, .917 fine silver, 25 mm diameter; this specimen 7,35 g.

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

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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 116, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2013.

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