France 1726-I ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 124, lot 942
This specimen was lot 942 in Jean Elsen sale 124 (Brussels, March 2015), where it sold for €340 (about US$424 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AR écu aux rameaux d'olivier, 1726 I, Limoges. Droit: B. habillé à gauche, décoré de la croix du Saint-Esprit. Revers: Ecu de France couronné, entre deux rameaux d'olivier. Petit éclat du flan sur la tranche et légères traces d"ajustage. Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis XV (1715-74), silver écu of the olive branches of 1726, Limoges mint. Obverse: uniformed bust to left, decorated with the cross of the Holy Spirit; reverse: crowned arms of France between two olive branches. Small rim bump, slight adjustment marks, extremely fine.)"
This coin is an écu aux branches d'olivier from the Limoges mint, which struck this type every year 1726-40. 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: 68,724[1], fairly common for the type.

Specification: 29.49 g, .917 fine silver, 39-41 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM, designed by Norbert Roéttiers, this specimen 29,25 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl., 1675; Gad-321. Dr/4 no. 819, Dr/2 no. 579, Dav-1330, KM 486.11.

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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • [2]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 124, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2015.

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