France 1694-H 1/12 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 145, lot 1143
This specimen was lot 1143 in Jean Elsen sale 145 (Brussels, September 2020), where it sold for €180 (about US$257 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR douzième d'écu aux palmes, 1694H, La Rochelle. 2e réformation. D/ B. cuir. à d. R/ Ecu de France rond, couronné, entre deux palmes. Très rare Réformé sur un douzième d'écu de 1644. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, silver twelfth écu of the palms of 1694, La Rochelle mint, second reformation. Obverse: armored bust right; reverse: round crowned arms of France between two palms. Very rare, struck over a twelfth écu of 1644. Very Fine.)"
The specimen shown is an douziéme d'écu aux palmes struck in La Rochelle during the reign of Louis XIV. This type was struck 1694-1701 in small quantities, mostly overstriking older twelfth écus ("flans reformés"--altho the specimen shows little undertype). It was succeeded by the douziéme d'écu aux insignes. Droulers[2] prices this type at four times that of a douziéme d'écu à la mèche longue.

Recorded mintage: unknown but all rf.

Specification: 2.28 g, .917 fine silver, 27-28 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by Joseph Roëttiers, this specimen 2,15 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 742, Dr/2 no. 416, Dupl-1523; Gad-119.

Source:

  • [2]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 2nd édition. Paris: AFPN, 1998.
  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 145, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2020.

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