France 1727-H ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 112, lot 1236
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This specimen was lot 1236 in Jean Elsen sale 112 (Brussels, March 2012) where it sold for € 160 (about US$250 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE ROYALE, Louis XV (1715-1774), AR écu aux rameaux d'olivier, 1727 H, La Rochelle. Droit: B. habillé à gauche, décoré de la croix du Saint-Esprit. Revers: Ecu de France couronné, entre deux rameaux d'olivier. Très Beau à Superbe. (Kingdom of France, Louis XV, silver écu with olive branches of 1727, La Rochelle mint. Obverse: uniformed bust to left, wearing the cross of the Order of the Holy Spirit; reverse: crowned arms of France between two olive branches. Very Fine to Extremely Fine.)"
Most La Rochelle mint issues are fairly common. Droulers reports 1726-1740 from this mint. The mint closed in the nineteenth century. The type was struck 1726-40 during the reign of Louis XV of France. 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: 315,533.

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

Catalog reference: KM 486.15, Dav-1330, Dr/4 no. 819, Dr/2 no. 579, Dupl-1675; Ci., 2117; 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.
  • Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, Vente Publique 112, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses fils, S.A., 2012.

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