France 1726-D ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 1434
This specimen was lot 1434 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it sold for €240 (about US$318 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AR écu aux rameaux d'olivier, 1726D, Lyon. D/ B. habillé à g., décoré de la croix du Saint-Esprit. R/ Ecu de France couronné, entre deux rameaux d'olivier. Très Beau à Superbe. Provient de notre vente 68, 15 décembre 2001, 1418. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, silver écu of the olive branches of 1726, Lyon mint. Obverse: uniformed bust left, decorated with the Order of the Holy Spirit; reverse: crowned arms of France between two olive branches. Very Fine - Extremely Fine.)"
This coin is an écu aux branches d'olivier from the Lyon mint, which struck this type 1726-40. Many of the dates from this mint, including this one, are common. This coin was part of the great coinage reform of Cardinal Fleury which finally terminated the manipulations which had disrupted the economy since the 1690's.

Recorded mintage: 811,991[2].

Specification: 29.49 g, .917 fine silver, 39-41 mm diameter, edge lettered, DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM, designed by Norbert Roéttiers, this specimen is 29,41 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 808, Dr/2 no. 541, Fr-462, Dupl-1675; Dav-1330, Gad-321.

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.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • 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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