France 1726-W 1/5 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 1438
from the Mountain Groan Collection
France 1726W 1-5 ecu rev DSLR.jpg
This specimen was lot 1438 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it sold for €180 (about US$239 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AR cinquième d'écu aux rameaux d'olivier, 1726W, Lille. 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. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, silver fifth écu of the olive branches of 1726, Lille 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.)"
The fifth écu, introduced in 1726, superseded the old quarter écus, louis d'argent and sixth écus of the regency period. After substantial mintages for 1726-29, production dwindled and issues for 1730-40 are scarce to rare.

Recorded mintage: unknown[2], but a common date.

Specification: 5.89 g, .917 fine silver, 26 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM, designed by Norbert Roéttiers, this specimen is 5,86 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 840, Dr/2 no. 581, Dupl-1677; Gad-298.

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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