France 1724-9 ecu

From CoinFactsWiki
Jump to: navigation, search
Jean Elsen sale 124, lot 940
Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 1420, probably the same specimen
The first specimen was lot 940 in Jean Elsen sale 124 (Brussels, March 2015), where it sold for €1,200 (about US$1,496 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AR écu aux huit L, 1724 9, Rennes. Droit: B. jeune, l., drapé et cuirassé à droite. Revers: Croix formée de quatre lis couronnés, cantonnée de huit L. Rare. Fines traces d'ajustage. Belle patine. presque Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis XV (1715-74), silver écu of the eight L's of 1724, Rennes mint. Obverse: young bust, laureate, armored and draped, to right; reverse: cross formed of four crowned lilies with eight L's in the fields. Rare, slight traces of adjustment marks, nice toning, about extremely fine.)"
The second specimen was lot 1420 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it sold for €1,200 (about US$1,590 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[3] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AR écu aux huit L, 17249, Rennes. D/ B. jeune, l., dr. et cuir. à d. R/ Croix formée de quatre lis couronnés, cantonnée de huit L. Rare Fines traces d'ajustage. Belle patine. presque Superbe. Provient de notre vente 124, 14 mars 2015, 940. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, silver écu of the eight "L's" of 1724, Rennes mint. Obverse: laureate, draped and armored young bust right; reverse: cross formed of four crowned lilies, cantonned with eight "L's". Rare, fine adjustment marks, nice patina, about Extremely Fine.)"
An écu aux 8 L of the Rennes mint, struck while Louis XV was a minor. Droulers[1] notes the type as rather scarce as most were melted in the great reform of 1726. A number were recovered from the wreck of Le Chameau but most were corroded. This type is the lowest weight écu struck during the reign of Louis XV.

Recorded mintage: 510,341[1], fairly common for the type.

Specification: 23.59 g, .917 fine silver, .695 troy oz ASW, 38-39 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM, designed by Norbert Roéttiers. This specimen 23,43 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl., 1670; Gad-320. Dr/4 no. 818, Dr/2 no. 574, Dav-1329, KM 472.21.

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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • [2]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 124, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2015.
  • [3]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 141, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

Link to: