France 1738-BB ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 144, lot 1705
This specimen was lot 1705 in Jean Elsen sale 144 (Brussels, March 2020), where it sold for €120 (about US$158 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AR écu aux rameaux d'olivier, 1738BB, Strasbourg. Evidé et assemblé en boîte. Contenant plusieurs images de robes sur papier transparent (abîmées). Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, silver écu of the olive branches of 1738, Strasbourg mint, made into a box coin. Very Fine.)"
Altho this issue from Strasbourg does not have a particularly high mintage, it is awarded no premium for rarity. This example has been hollowed out and made into a box coin.

Recorded mintage: 517,925.

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

Catalog reference: Dav-1330, Dr/4 no. 819, Dr/2 no. 579.

Source:

  • 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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • 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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 144, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2020.

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