France 1762-G ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 138, lot 1050
This specimen was lot 1050 in Jean Elsen sale 138 (Brussels, September 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AR écu au bandeau, 1762G, Poitiers. D/ T. à g., ceinte d'un bandeau. R/ Ecu de France couronné, entre deux rameaux d'olivier. Rare Légères traces d'ajustage et petit éclat sur la tranche. Belle patine. Très Beau à Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, silver écu of the ribbon of 1762, Poitiers mint. Obverse: head to left, hair tied in a ribbon; reverse: crowned arms of France between two olive branches. Rare, traces of adjustment marks and a rim bump. Nice patina, very fine to extremely fine.)"
This specimen is an écu au bandeau of Louis XV struck in 1763 at the Poitiers mint. The long reign of Louis XV (1715-74) saw many coin types come and go. The first part of the reign, while Louis was a child, was a period of monetary confusion and manipulation. The reforms of Cardinal Fleury (1726) stabilized the fiscal situation until the total collapse at the eve of the Revolution. Numismatically, this period can be divided into three epochs, marked by the écu aux branches d’olivier (1726-40), the écu au bandeau (1740-72) and the écu à la vielle tête (1770-74). This mint is listed for 1740, 1742-57, 1760-68 and 1771 but all dates are low mintage.

Recorded mintage: 6,082, a better date[2].

Specification: silver, 11 deniers (.917 fine), 8.3 pieces to the mark (29.488 g), face value 6 livres, 39 mm diameter. Engraved by Joseph-Charles Roéttiers; this specimen 29,33 g.

Catalog reference: Dav-1331, Dupl. 1680; Gad-322.


  • [2]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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 138, Collection A. BLONDEL, Collection M. HENDRICKX, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2018.

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