Orange 1649 ecu Dav-3844

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Jean Elsen sale 108, lot 1332
Orange 1649 ecu rev JElsen 108-1332.jpg
southeast France at the end of the Hundred Years War
This specimen was lot 1332 in Jean Elsen sale 108 (Brussels, March 2011) where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, ORANGE, Guillaume IX de Nassau (1647-1650), AR écu, 1649, Droit : B. cuirassé à droite, les cheveux longs. Revers : Ecu couronné (trois lis sous le cornet). Ref.: Très Rare. Petit coup sur la tranche. Belle patine. Très Beau à Superbe " (France; Principality of Orange, William IX of Nassau (1647-50), silver écu of 1649. Obverse: cuirassed, long haired bust to right; reverse: crowned arms (three fleurs-de-lys differenced with a coronet). Very rare, small edge nick, nice patina, Very Fine to Extremely Fine.)

The Principality of Orange was an enclave in the kingdom of France in the Rhone valley, ruled by the dukes of Nassau. The title passed to the Stadtholder of the Netherlands who remained a French ally so long as the Dutch were struggling with the Spanish. At the end of the Thirty Years War in 1648, the Spanish recognized Dutch independence and now William had to contend with Louis XIV, a much more formidable adversary. The French occupied Orange in 1672 and annexed it in 1713. This example of this rare type is distinctly nicer than the plate coin in the SCWC. It is obviously inspired by the contemporary French écu. The coinage ended in 1667.

Reported Mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, this specimen 27,02 g.

Catalog reference: KM 98, B., 1009; P.A., 4626 var; van der Wiel, 68; Dav-3844.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 108, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2011.

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