France 1719-A 20 sols

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Jean Elsen sale 132, lot 805
Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 1399
The first specimen was lot 805 in Jean Elsen sale 132 (Brussels, March 2017), where it sold for €95 (about US$120 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AR 20 sols de Navarre (sixième d'écu), 1719A, Paris. D/ B. enfantin à d., l., dr. et cuir. R/ Ecu écartelé de France-Navarre, échancré et couronné, accosté de la valeur. Nettoyé. Très Beau à Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis XV (1715-74), silver twenty sols de Navarre (sixth écu) of 1719, Paris mint. Obverse: draped, cuirassed and laureate infant bust to right; reverse: crowned and quartered arms of France and Navarre divide the denomination.)"
The second specimen was lot 1399 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it sold for €140 (about US$186 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[3] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AR 20 sols de Navarre (sixième d'écu), 1719A, Paris. D/ B. enfantin à d., l., dr. et cuir. R/ Ecu écartelé de France-Navarre, échancré et couronné, accosté de la valeur. Très Beau à Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, silver twenty sols of Navarre of 1719, Paris mint. Obverse: draped and armored infant bust right; reverse: crowned quartered arms of France and Navarre divides the value. Very Fine - Extremely Fine.)"
This type was struck in large numbers 1719-20 and is common today. This specimen is a product of the Paris mint.

Recorded mintage: 423,360, a better date but not rare.

Specification: silver, 11 deniers (.917 fine), 60 pieces to the mark (4.079 g), face value 20 sols, 23 mm diameter, designed by Norbert Roéttiers, the first specimen 4,09 g, the second specimen 4,05 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 843, Dr/2 no. 562, KM-440, Dupl. 1661; Gad-295.

Source:

  • [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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • [2]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 132, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2017.
  • [3]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 141, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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