France 1717-I ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 1388
This specimen was lot 1388 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it sold for €240 (about US$318 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AR écu Vertugadin, 1717I, Limoges. Réformation. D/ B. enfantin à d., dr. et cuir. R/ Ecu de France rond, couronné. Dupl-1651A; Gad-317; L4L 415 (hors cote). Très rare Réformé sur un écu aux trois couronnes de 1709. presque Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, silver écu vertugadin of 1717, Limoges mint, reformed. Obverse: draped and armored infant bust right; reverse: crowned round arms of France. Very rare, struck over an écu of the three crowns of 1709, about Very Fine.)"
Shown is an écu vertugadin of the Paris mint, struck while Louis XV was a minor. Droulers[2] notes the 1717-I as scarce. The specimen shown is a "flan reformé." The type was struck 1715-18 in substantial numbers but was replaced by the écu de France-Navarre, which is only 24.47 grams. At the time of issue, it had a face value of 5 livres tournois, which rose to 15 livres in July 1720 but was demonetized in September 1720 at a value of 13 livres, 2 sols, 6 deniers.

Recorded mintage: 6,912 fn + unknown rf[2].

Specification: 30.59 g, .917 fine silver, .902 troy oz ASW, 41 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM, designed by Norbert Roéttiers, this specimen 30,53 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl-1651A; Gad-317, KM-414.10, Dr/4 no. 813, Dr/2 no. 553, Dav-1326.

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.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • 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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