France 1741-X 1/5 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 122, lot 885
France 1741X 1-5 ecu rev JElsen 122-885.jpg
This specimen was lot 885 in Jean Elsen sale 122 (Brussels, September 2014), where it sold for €140 (about US$214 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AR cinquième d'écu au bandeau, 1741 X, Amiens. Droit: Tête à gauche, ceinte d'un bandeau. Revers: Ecu de France couronné, entre deux rameaux d'olivier. Traces d'ajustage. Très Beau à Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis XV (1715-74), silver fifth écu of the ribbon of 1741, Amiens mint.)"
This coin, called a 1/5 écu au bandeau, was the French equivalent of a twenty cent piece. In the coinage system of the ancien régime, the 1/5 écu = 24 sols. The type was struck 1741-72 and is recorded for the Amiens mint ("X") for 1741 only. The Amiens mint closed in 1770.

Recorded mintage: unknown but few.

Specification: 5.9 g, .917 fine silver, 26 mm diameter, this specimen 5,85 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl., 1682; Ci., 2126; Gad-299, Dr/2 no. 586, Dr/4 no. 841, KM 515 (unlisted mint).

Source:

  • Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Philippe Elsen et al., Vente Publique 122: Collection de monnaies chinoises, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S. A., 2014.

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