France 1727-C ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 121, lot 1166
France 1727C ecu rev JElsen 121-1166.jpg
This specimen was lot 1166 in Jean Elsen sale 121 (Brussels, June 2014), where it sold for €270 (about US$432 including buyers' fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AR écu aux rameaux d'olivier, 1727 C, Caen. Droit: B. habillé à gauche, décoré de la croix du Saint-Esprit. Revers: Ecu de France couronné, entre deux rameaux d'olivier. Fines traces d'ajustage. Belle patine colorée. Rare dans cette qualité. presque Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis XV (1715-74), silver écu of the olive branches of 1727, Caen mint. Obverse: uniformed bust to left, bearing the cross of the Order of the Holy Spirit. Reverse: crowned arms of France between two olive branches. Faint adjustment marks, nice patina, rare in this quality, about extremely fine.)"
Most Caen mint issues are rare but this one is fairly common. The SCWC reports 1726-28, 1738 and 1740 from this mint; Droulers adds 1729 and 1739. The mint closed in 1771 along with Bourges ("Y"), Grenoble ("Z"), Tours ("E") and Poitiers ("G"). The type was struck 1726-40 during the reign of Louis XV. 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: 564,732[2], a common date.

Specification: 29.49 g, .917 fine silver, 39-41 mm diameter, edge lettered, DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM, this specimen 29,40 g.

Catalog reference: KM 486.5, Dav-1330, Dr/4 no. 819, Dr/2 no. 579, Dupl., 1675; 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.
  • 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]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 121, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2014.

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