France 1749-C ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 124, lot 948
This specimen was lot 948 in Jean Elsen sale 124 (Brussels, March 2015), where it sold for €135 (about US$168 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AR écu au bandeau, 1749 C, Caen. Droit: Tête à gauche, ceinte d'un bandeau. Revers: Ecu de France couronné, entre deux rameaux d'olivier. Rare. Nettoyé. Légères traces d'ajustage. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XV (1715-74), silver écu of the ribbon of 1749, Caen mint. Obverse: head to left, hair tied in a ribbon; reverse: crowned arms of France between two olive branches. Rare, cleaned, light adjustment marks, very fine.)"
The écu au bandeau is the most popular coin of the ancien regime among collectors. Alhéritière and Deswelle[3] reported 575 dates for this type in 2004; three more have been published since. An additional 215 dates may exist; records show they were minted but no one has found one. Four dates are known which the archives state should not exist. Of these only two dozen or so are classed as common (20 or more examples known), while 481 dates are known from five or fewer examples. Droulers[1] lists the 1749-C as scarce.

Recorded mintage: 22,851[1].

Specification: 29.49 g, .917 fine silver, 39-42 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM, this specimen 29,23 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl., 1680; Gad-322, Dav-1331, Dr/4 no. 820, Dr/2 no. 584, KM 512.4.

Source:

  • [3]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.
  • [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.
  • [2]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 124, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2015.

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