France 1725-AA 1/16 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 146, lot 191
This specimen was lot 191 in Jean Elsen sale 146 (Brussels, November 2020), where it sold for €550 (about US$802 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AR seizième d'écu aux huit L, 1725AA, Metz. D/ B. jeune à d., l., dr. et cuir. R/ Croix formée de quatre lis couronnés, cantonnée de huit L. Extrêmement rare Frappe faible au droit. Beau. Provient de la collection Teitgen, Paris, 26-28 octobre 2015, 934. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, silver sixteenth écu of the eight "L's" of 1725, Metz mint. Obverse: laureate, draped and armored young bust right; reverse: cross formed of four crowned lilies, cantonned with eight "L's". Extremely rare, weakly struck on the obverse. Fine.)"
This rare type was struck 1725 only at six mints. It accompanied an eighth écu, a quarter écu, a half écu and one écu.

Recorded mintage: 6,723[2].

Specification: 1.47 g, .917 fine silver, 18 mm diameter, designed by Norbert Roëttiers.

Catalog reference: KM 477.2, Dr/4 no. 854, Dr/2 no. 578, Dupl. 1674; Gad-286; L4L 472.

Source:

  • [2]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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • 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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