France 1694-W ecu Dav-3815

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Jean Elsen sale 145, lot 1144
This specimen was lot 1144 in Jean Elsen sale 145 (Brussels, September 2020), where it sold for €500 (about US$713 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR écu de Flandre aux palmes, 1694W, Lille. 2e réformation. D/ B. cuir. à d. R/ Ecu rond couronné entre deux palmes, écartelé aux armes de France, Bourgogne nouveau, Bourgogne ancien et Navarre. Rare Réformé sur un écu de Flandre du premier type. Beau/Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, silver écu of Flanders with palms of 1694, Lille mint, second reformation. Obverse: armored bust right; reverse: round quartered arms between two palms. The quarters are France, New Burgundy, Old Burgundy and Navarre. Rare, struck over an écu of Flanders of the first type. Fine/Very Fine.)"
This very rare type was struck only at Lille 1693-1700, which also struck the regular écu aux palmes, which is about one-tenth the price. Fractional half, quarter, eighth and one-sixteenth écus de Flandre aux palmes exist.

Recorded mintage: est. 60,000, all rf.

Specification: 37.65 g, .857 fine silver, 42 mm diameter, lettered edge, designed by Joseph Roëttiers, this specimen 37,03 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 512, Dr/2 no. 488, KM 300, Dav-3815, Dupl-1528; Gad-219; Delm. 422.

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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