France 1729-CC 1/10 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 136, lot 1446
This specimen was lot 1446 in Jean Elsen sale 136 (Brussels, March 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AR dixième d'écu aux rameaux d'olivier, 1729, Besançon. D/ B. habillé à g., décoré de la croix du Saint-Esprit. R/ Ecu de France couronné, entre deux rameaux d'olivier. Rare. Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XV (1715-74), silver tenth écu of the olive branches of 1729, Besancon mint. Rare, Fine.)"
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. Many more dates are known than are listed in the SCWC. Droulers[2] notes 1726-30 for this mint. The tenth écu was the ancien régime version of a dime tho never struck in sufficient numbers to really convert France to a decimal currency.

Recorded mintage: 358,620[2], a better date.

Specification: 2.25 g, .917 fine silver, reeded edge, designed by J.-C. Roéttiers; this specimen 2,74 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 849, Dr/2 no. 582, KM 481.6 (unlisted date), Dupl-1678; Gad. 291.

Source:

  • [2]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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 136: Collection Martiny, Collection Nef, Collection Casterman, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2018.

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