France 1785-L ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 124, lot 952
This specimen was lot 952 in Jean Elsen sale 124 (Brussels, March 2015), where it sold for €140 (about US$175 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XVI (1774-1793), AR écu aux rameaux d'olivier, 1785 L, Bayonne. Droit: B. habillé à gauche, les cheveux noués par un ruban. Revers: Ecu de France couronné, entre deux rameaux d'olivier. Très Beau à Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis XVI (1774-93), silver écu of the olive branches of 1785, Bayonne mint. Obverse: uniformed bust to left, hair tied in a ribbon; reverse: crowned arms of France between two olive branches. Very fine to extremely fine.)"
This is a common date.

Recorded mintage: 2,005,074[1].

Specification: Silver, .917 fine, 29.49 g, 40-42 mm diameter, this specimen 29,27 g.

Catalog reference: Dav-1333, Dupl., 1708; Ci-2187; Gad-356; Dr/4-883, Dr/2-616, KM 564.

Source:

  • [1]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • 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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