France 1770-L ecu Dav-1331

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Jean Elsen sale 140, lot 725
This specimen was lot 725 in Jean Elsen sale 140 (Brussels, March 2019), where it sold for €90 (about US$120 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AR écu au bandeau, 1770L, Bayonne. D/ T. à g., ceinte d'un bandeau. R/ Ecu de France couronné, entre deux rameaux d'olivier. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, écu of the ribbon of 1770, Bayonne mint. Obverse: head to left, hair tied in a ribbon; reverse: crowned arms of France between two olive branches. 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. Both the écu au bandeauand the écu à la vieille tête were struck in 1770.

Recorded mintage: unknown but fairly common. Only the Paris mint struck the écu à la vieille tête in 1770.

Specification: 29.49 g, .917 fine silver, 39-42 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM; this specimen is 29,10 g.

Catalog reference: Dav-1331, Dr/4 no. 820, Dr/2 no. 584, KM-512, Dupl-1680; Ci. 2122; Gad-322.

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.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • 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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 140, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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