France 1694-P 1/4 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 145, lot 1142
This specimen was lot 1142 in Jean Elsen sale 145 (Brussels, September 2020), where it sold for €90 (about US$128 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR quart d'écu aux palmes, 1694P, Dijon. 2e réformation. D/ B. cuir. à d. R/ Ecu de France rond, couronné, entre deux palmes. Rare Réformé sur un quart d'écu aux huit L de Paris. Belle patine. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, silver quarter écu of the palms of 1694, Dijon mint, second reformation. Obverse: armored bust right; reverse: round crowned arms of France between two palms. Rare, struck over a quarter écu of the eight "L's" of the Paris mint. Nice patina, Very Fine.)"
The specimen shown is an quart d'écu aux palmes struck at the Dijon mint during the reign of Louis XIV. It succeeded the quart d'écu aux 8 L struck 1690-93 and was superseded by the quart d'écu aux insignes struck 1701-03. It is more common than either type and the 1694-P is a common date.

Recorded mintage: 247,490, all rf[2].

Specification: 6.86 g, .917 fine silver, 27-28 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by Joseph Roëttiers, this specimen 6,51 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 691, Dr/2 no. 414, KM 293.15, Dupl-1522A; Gad-152.

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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