France 1734-Q ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 133, lot 1253
This specimen was lot 1253 in Jean Elsen sale 133 (Brussels, June 2017), where it did not sell. The catalog description[2] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AR écu aux rameaux d'olivier, 1734Q, Perpignan. Avec légende NVA REX (sic) au droit. D/ B. habillé à g., décoré de la croix du Saint-Esprit. R/ Ecu de France couronné, entre deux rameaux d'olivier. Extrêmement rare. Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, silver écu of the olive branches of 1734, Perpignan mint, with obverse legend "NVA REX". Obverse: uniformed bust to left, wearing the Order of the Holy Spirit; reverse: crowned arms between two olive branches. Extremely rare, fine.)"
We grade this Good to Very Good. The crude lettering suggests that this specimen may be a counterfeit. The Perpignan mint issued this type every year 1726-40.

Recorded mintage: 29,581[1], a scarce date.

Specification: 29.49 g, .917 fine silver, 39-41 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM, this specimen 28,54 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl., 1675; Gad-321, KM 486.18, Dav-1330, Dr/4 no. 819, Dr/2 no. 579.

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.
  • 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]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 133, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2017.

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