France 1791-I ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 120, lot 1268
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This specimen was lot 1268 in Jean Elsen sale 120 (Brussels, March 2014), where it sold for €65 (about US$107 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XVI (1774-1793), AR écu aux rameaux d'olivier, 1791 I, Limoges. Droit: B. habillé à gauche, les cheveux noués par un ruban. Revers: Ecu de France couronné, entre deux rameaux d'olivier. Petites taches. presque Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XVI (1774-93). silver écu of the olive branches of 1791, Limoges mint. Obverse: uniformed bust to left, hair tied in a ribbon; reverse: crowned arms of France between two olive branches. Minor marks, about very fine.)"
Droulers[2] notes this date as common for the year but all the 1791's are scarce compared to prior years.

Recorded mintage: 1,629,276 (common for 1791 but about 70% more than the 1790-I).

Specification: Silver, .917 fine, 29.49 g, 40-42 mm diameter, this specimen 29,02 g.

Design:

  • Obverse: uniformed and peruked bust of Louis XVI facing left, legend LUD XVI D. G. FR. ET NAV. REX. (Louis XVI, by the grace of God, king of France and Navarre).
  • Reverse: oval arms of France, crowned, with olive branches around, legend SIT NOMEN DOMINI BENEDICTUM 1789. Edge engraved, "DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM," Latin for "God save the king." The mintmark ("I" for Limoges) is at the bottom, between "DOMINI" and "BENEDICTUM."

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

Source:

  • [2]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 2nd édition. Paris: AFPN, 1998.
  • 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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, Vente Publique 120, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses fils, S.A., 2014.

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