France 1721-E ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 127, lot 1377
The specimen shown is an écu au grand écusson de France of the Tours mint, struck while Louis XV was a minor. Droulers[1] notes the type as rather scarce but more available than the succeeding écu aux 8 L of 1724-25. The type was issued 1720-24. This specimen was lot 1377 in Jean Elsen sale 127 (Brussels, December 2015), where it sold for €350 (about US$449 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AR écu de France, 1721E, Tours. Réformation. D/ B. enfantin à d., l., dr. et cuir. R/ Ecu de France couronné. Rare. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, écu of France of 1721, Tours mint, reformed. Obverse: armored and draped infant bust to right; reverse: crowned arms of France. Rare, very fine.)"

Recorded mintage: unknown but a common date; all "flans reformées".

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 24,38 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 817, Dr/2 no. 566, KM 459, Dav-1328, Dupl. 1665A; Gad-319.

Source:

  • [1]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 5th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2010.
  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • [2]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 127, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2015.

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