France 1719-X ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 132, lot 804
This specimen was lot 804 in Jean Elsen sale 132 (Brussels, March 2017), where it sold for €90 (about US$114 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AR écu de Navarre, 1719X, Amiens. D/ B. enfantin à d., l., dr. et cuir. R/ Ecu écartelé de France-Navarre, échancré et couronné. Taches. Beau à Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XV (1715-74), silver écu of Navarre of 1719, Amiens mint. Obverse: draped, cuirassed and laureate infant bust to right; reverse: crowned and quartered arms of France and Navarre. Stained, fine to very fine.)"
The reverse scratch was not mentioned in the catalog description. This is an écu de France-Navarre of the Amiens mint, struck while Louis XV was a minor. This is a fairly common date. The specimen is a "flan neuf;" unlike the écu vertugadin, none were struck over older coins. The type was struck 1718-20 in substantial numbers.

Recorded mintage: 335,520, a fairly common date.

Specification: 24.47 g, .917 fine silver, .722 troy oz ASW, 38 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM, designed by Norbert Roéttiers, this specimen 24,00 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 816, Dr/2 no. 558, Dav-1327, Dupl. 1657; Gad-318.

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.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • [2]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 132, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2017.

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