France 1770-BB liard

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Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 1465
This specimen was lot 1465 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), Cu liard à la vieille tête, 1770BB, Strasbourg. D/ T. l. à d. R/ Ecu de France couronné. Fleur de Coin, Provient de notre vente 94, 15 décembre 2007, 1440. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, copper liard of the old head of 1770, Strasbourg mint. Obverse: laureate head right; reverse: crowned arms of France. Uncirculated.)"
The specimen shown is a liard à la vieille tête minted at Strasbourg 1770-73 at the end of the reign of Louis XV. Eleven other mints struck this type. Its face value was three deniers, ¼ sol or 1/480 of a silver écu. The type is common in low grade (the SCWC values it at $4 in VG) but well made specimens are scarce.

Recorded mintage: unknown[2], but a common date.

Specification: pure copper, 3.06 g, 20-22 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by C.-N. Roéttiers, this specimen is 3,09 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 873, Dr/2 no. 608, Dupl-1701; Gad-272; KM 543.3.

Source:

  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • [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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 141, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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