France 1788-Pau ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 127, lot 1411
This specimen is an écu au buste habillé struck at the Pau mint, one of a type struck there for France 1775-91. Its divisions were the ½, 1/5, 1/10 and 1/20 écu, struck in modest quantities. The écu was worth $1.10 in the USA before the Civil War. The écu au buste habillé is the most popular coin of Louis XVI among collectors. This specimen was lot 1411 in Jean Elsen sale 127 (Brussels, December 2015), where it did not sell. The catalog description[2] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XVI (1774-1793), AR écu de Béarn aux rameaux d'olivier, 1788, Pau. D/ B. habillé à g., les cheveux noués par un ruban. R/ Ecu de France couronné, entre deux rameaux d'olivier. Traces d'ajustage au revers. Très Beau à Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis XVI, 1774-93, silver écu of Béarn with olive branches of 1788, Pau mint. Obverse: uniformed bust to left, hair tied in a ribbon; reverse: crowned arms of France between two olive branches. Light adjustment marks on the reverse, very fine to extremely fine.)"

Recorded mintage: 682,073[1], a common date.

Specification: silver, 11 deniers (.917 fine), 8.3 pieces to the mark (29.488 g), face value 6 livres, 39 mm diameter. Engraved by Benjamin Duvivier. This specimen 29,13 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl. 1708; Dr/2 no. 616a, Dr/4 no. 883a, Dav-1334, KM 564; Gad-356a.

Source:

  • [1]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.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • [2]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 127, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2015.

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