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Live auction - bry_428033 - LOUIS XVI Écu dit “au génie”, légende FRANÇOIS 1792 Metz

LOUIS XVI Écu dit “au génie”, légende FRANÇOIS 1792 Metz AU
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Estimate : 3 000 €
Price : 1 500 €
Maximum bid : 1 700 €
End of the sale : 13 June 2017 16:15:51
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Écu dit “au génie”, légende FRANÇOIS
Date: 1792
Mint name / Town : Metz
Quantity minted : 81137
Metal : silver
Millesimal fineness : 917 ‰
Diameter : 37,5 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 29,45 g.
Edge : (fleuron) (rose) LA NATION (rose) (fleuron) (losange) (fleuron) (rose) LA LOI (rose) (fleuron) (lis) (fleuron) (rose) ET LE R[OI] (rose)
Rarity : R3
Coments on the condition:
Cet écu est frappé sur un flan assez large et régulier. Exemplaire recouvert d’une jolie patine grise de médaillier. Petit plat sur la tête du roi, le mot consitution est complet et bien lisible
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Monnaie provenant de la collection L.G.

Obverse


Obverse legend : LOUIS XVI ROI - DES FRANÇOIS. / 1792.
Obverse description : Tête de Louis XVI à gauche, les cheveux noués dans le cou ; au-dessous (Mm).

Reverse


Reverse legend : REGNE - DE - LA LOI. / L'AN 4 DE LA - LIBERTÉ., EN DEUX LIGNES.
Reverse description : Génie gravant la Constitution posée sur un autel à droite, entre un faisceau de licteur sommé d'un bonnet phrygien et un coq ; à gauche (Mg) et à droite la lettre d'atelier.

Historical background


LOUIS XVI (CONSTITUTIONAL MONARCH)

(10/05/1774-21/01/1793) Monnaies Constitutionnelles

(1791-1793)

The Gironde department, formed March 23, 1792, declared war on April 20 the king of Bohemia and Hungary, Leopold II. Rouget de Lisle composed the Marseillaise on April 25. La Patrie is declared "endangered" on July 11. Parisians and Marseille take the Tuileries and massacred the defenders of the castle, Swiss and nobles, the king and his family took refuge with the Assembly. Louis XVI was deposed from his office and interned in Temple on August 12. Early September massacres take place in Parisian prisons, including the Carmelites, and make thousands of victims which the Princesse de Lamballe, friend of Marie Antoinette. Dumouriez and Kellermann victorious Prussians at Valmy on 20 September 1792. The news was quickly known by telegraph Chappe. The next day the Republic was proclaimed and the monarchy abolished at the first meeting of the Convention. Dumouriez defeated the Austrians at Jemmapes November 6 and occupies Brussels. The trial of the King starts on December 10. On 17 January, he was sentenced to death by one vote and was guillotined January 21, 1793.

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