France 1736-E ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 134, lot 1711
This specimen was lot 1711 in Jean Elsen sale 134 (Brussels, September 2017), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AR écu aux rameaux d'olivier, 1736E, Tours. D/ B. habillé à g., décoré de la croix du Saint-Esprit. R/ Ecu de France couronné, entre deux rameaux d'olivier. Fines traces d'ajustage. Belle patine irisée au droit. Très rare dans cette qualité. Superbe à Fleur de Coin. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, silver écu of the olive branches of 1736, Tours mint. Obverse: uniformed bust to left, wearing the Order of the Holy Spirit; reverse: crowned arms of France between two olive branches. Fine adjustment marks, beautiful iridescent toning on the obverse. Very rare in this quality, extremely fine to uncirculated.)"
This coin is an "écu aux branches d'olivier" from the Tours mint. Most Tours mint issues are common and this one is no exception.

Recorded mintage: 108,512.

Specification: 29.49 g, .917 fine silver, 39-41 mm diameter, edge lettered, DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM, this specimen 29,19 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl. 1675; Gad-321, KM 486.8, Dav-1330, Dr/4 no. 819, Dr/2 no. 579.

Source:

  • Alhéritière, Edouard, and Ludovic Deswelle, "Les écus de Louis XV de bandeau: point de situation," Numismatique et Change, No. 349 [Mai 2004], pp. 61-63.
  • Clairand, Armand, Monnaies de Louis XV, Le temps de la Stabilité Monetaire, 1726-1774, Paris: Maison Platt, 1996.
  • 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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 134, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2017.

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