France 1690-I 1/2 louis d'or

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Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 1280
This specimen was lot 1280 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it sold for €870 (about US$1,153 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AV demi-louis d'or à l'écu, 1690I, Limoges. 1e réformation. D/ T. vieillie à d., coiffée d'une perruque laurée. R/ Ecu de France couronné. Rare Légère double frappe au droit. Très Beau/Superbe. Provient de notre vente 90, 9 décembre 2006, 1160. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, gold half louis of the shield of 1690, Limoges mint, first reformation. Obverse: peruked and laureate old head right; reverse: crowned arms of France. Rare, lightly double struck on the obverse. Very Fine/Extremely Fine.)"
The demi-louis d'or is much scarcer than its larger brother, tho this type, the demi-louis d'or a l'écu, turns up occasionally. This type was struck 1690-93. The doubling mentioned in the auction description could be a side effect of the overstrike.

Recorded mintage: 12,561, all rf.

Specification: 3.37 g, .917 fine gold, reeded edge, 20-21 mm diameter, this specimen 3,34 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 418, Dr/2 no. 262, Fr-430, Dupl-1436A; Gad-239.


  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 141, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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