France 1691-Ḿ 1/4 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 146, lot 127
This specimen was lot 127 in Jean Elsen sale 146 (Brussels, November 2020), where it sold for €700 (about US$1,020 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR quart d'écu aux huit L, 1691M couronné, Metz. 1er type. 1e réformation. D/ B. dr. à d. R/ Croix formée de huit L couronnés, cantonnés de quatre lis. Extrêmement rare Griffe au revers. presque Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, silver quarter écu with eight L's of 1691, Metz mint, crowned M mintmark, first type, first reformation. Obverse: draped bust right; reverse: cross formed of eight crowned L's, cantonned with four lilies. Extremely rare, scratch on the reverse, about Extremely Fine.)"
This rare date is known only struck over earlier issues. In fact, the Metz mint was opened for the purpose of "reforming" older coinage and not to strike new bullion. Quarter écus of this period are much scarcer than the larger écus and half écus.

Recorded mintage: unknown but all rf.

Specification: 6.86 g, .917 fine silver, 27-28 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by Joseph Roëttiers, this specimen 6,55 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 689M, Dupl. 1516A; Gad-150; L4L 247.

Source:

  • 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.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 146: Collection Anthony Lorrain Monnaies de Metz, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2020.

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