France 1748-P 1/10 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 108, lot 1278
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This coin, called a 1/10 écu au bandeau, was the French equivalent of a dime. In the coinage system of the ancien régime, the 1/10 écu = 12 sols. The type was struck 1741-72 and is recorded for the Paris mint ("A") for most of those years. This specimen was lot 1278 in Jean Elsen sale 108 (Brussels, March 2011) where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE ROYALE, Louis XV (1715-1774), AR dixième d'écu au bandeau, 1748 P, Dijon. Droit: Tête à gauche, ceinte d'un bandeau. Revers: Ecu de France couronné, entre deux rameaux d'olivier. Très fines stries d'ajustage. Belle patine aux reflets colorés. Rare dans cette qualité. Fleur de Coin" (France, Louis XV, 1715-74, silver tenth écu au bandeau of 1748, Dijon mint. Obverse: head to left, hair tied in a ribbon; reverse: crowned arms of France between two olive branches. Minor adjustment marks, beautiful reflective patina, rare in this quality, Uncirculated.)

Recorded mintage: 47,590 (priced[2] about double the common date such as 1746-A).

Specification: 2.95 g, .917 fine silver, 22 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by J.-C. Roéttiers, this specimen 2.94 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl., 1683; Ci., 2127; Gad., 292; Dr/2 no. 587, Dr/4 no. 850, KM 511.16 (unlisted date).

Source:

  • [2]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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 108, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2011.

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