France 1691-P 1/2 ecu

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from Sincona sale 11, lot 1315
The specimen shown is an demi-écu aux 8 L ("écu with 8 L's") struck in Dijon during the reign of Louis XIV. This type was struck 1690-93 in large quantities, mostly overstriking older demi-écus ("flans reformés"--see the specimen shown for the visible undertype). It was succeeded by the demi-écu aux palmes. Droulers[1] prices this date as somewhat scarce, but even a common date is priced 20% higher than a demi-écu à la mèche longue. This specimen was lot 1315 in Sincona sale 11 (Zurich, May 2013), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANKREICH Louis XIV. 1643-1715. 1/2 Ecu aux huit L 1691, Dijon. Réformation. Fast vorzüglich-vorzüglich. (France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, half écu of eight L's of 1691, Dijon mint, reformed. Extremely fine.)"

Recorded mintage: 19,515 new plus 533,434 reformed.

Specification: 13.72 g, .917 fine silver, 32-35 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVVM FAC REGEM, designed by Joseph Roéttiers. This specimen is 13.32 g.

Catalog reference: Duplessy 1515A. Dr/4 no. 616, Dr/2 no. 399.


  • [1]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.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Guilloteau, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, Colonies 1670-1942 et Metropole 1774-1942, Versailles, 1942.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals & Banknotes, Auction 11, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2013.

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