France 1720-Y 20 sols

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Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 1400
This specimen was lot 1400 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AR 20 sols de Navarre (sixième d'écu), 1720Y, Bourges. D/ B. enfantin à d., l., dr. et cuir. R/ Ecu écartelé de France-Navarre, échancré et couronné, accosté de la valeur. Fines griffes. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, silver twenty sols of Navarre (one-sixth écu) of 1720, Bourges mint. Obverse: laureate, draped and armored young bust right; reverse: crowned quartered arms of France and Navarre divides the value. Fine scratches, Very Fine.)"
The Bourges mint rarely produced significant numbers of coins yet managed to produce a large batch of these twenty sols de France-Navarre. Even so, this date is priced double that of 1719-A or 1719-T.

Recorded mintage: 393,524[2].

Specification: silver, 11 deniers (.917 fine), 60 pieces to the mark (4.079 g), face value 20 sols, 23 mm diameter. Engraved by Norbert Roéttiers, this specimen 4,00 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 843, Dr/2 no. 562, KM 440.24, Dupl-1661; Gad-295.

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.
  • 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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