France 1790-L 1/10 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 104, lot 791
France 1790L tenth ecu rev JElsen 104-791.jpg
This specimen was struck at the Bayonne mint in 1790 during the reign of Louis XVI. It was lot 791 in Jean Elsen sale 104 (Brussels, March 2010). The catalog description noted,
"FRANCE ROYALE, Louis XVI (1774-1793), AR dixième d'écu aux rameaux d'olivier, 1790 L, Bayonne. A l'effigie du demi-louis d'or au buste habillé. Droit: B. habillé à gauche, les cheveux noués par un ruban. Revers: Ecu de France couronné, entre deux rameaux d'olivier. Très Rare. Très Beau à Superbe" (France, Louis XVI, 1774-93, silver tenth écu of olive branches, 1790-L, Bayonne mint. Obverse: draped bust as used on the demi-louis d'or; reverse: crowned shield of France between two olive branches. Very rare, Very Fine to Extremely Fine).
This variety is a mule, using an obverse die meant for the half louis d'or. Droulers[1] prices this date with the normal bust about three times the common date (1784-I or 1785-A), the mule about ten times the common date.

Recorded mintage: unknown but few.

Specification: 2.95 g (this specimen), .917 fine silver, .087 troy oz ASW, corded edge, 21-22 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Dupl-1711 var; Ci-2191 var; Gad-353 var; KM 568, Dr/4 no. 888.

Source:

  • [1]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.

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