France 1762-W ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 117, lot 1773
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This specimen was lot 1773 in Jean Elsen sale 117 (Brussels, June 2013), where it sold for €470 (about US$741 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AR écu au bandeau, 1762 W, Lille. Droit: Tête à gauche, ceinte d'un bandeau. Revers: Ecu de France couronné, entre deux rameaux d'olivier. Patine inégale aux reflets colorés. Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, silver ecu of the ribbon of 1762, Lille mint. Obverse: head to left, hair tied in a ribbon; reverse: crowned arms of France between two olive branches. Somewhat uneven toning, extremely fine.)"
This specimen is an écu au bandeau of Louis XV struck in 1762 at the Lille 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).

Recorded mintage: unknown but rather scarce.

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 29.40 g.

Catalog reference: Dav-1331, KM 512.10, Dupl., 1680; Ci., 2122; Gad-322.


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  • Clairand, Armand, Monnaies de Louis XV, Le temps de la Stabilité Monetaire, 1726-1774, Paris: Maison Platt, 1996.
  • 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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, Vente Publique 117: Collection Jean-Jacques Symoens, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses fils, S.A., 2013.

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