Dombes 1673-A 1/2 ecu

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Ponterio sale 168, lot 40497
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC
Heritage sale 3073, lot 32720
Dombes H3073-32720r.jpg
region of Dombes in 1789, from Shepherd's atlas

The first specimen was lot 40497 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. Dombes. 1/2 Ecu (30 Sols), 1673-A. PCGS AU-53 Secure Holder. Anne Marie Louise de Orleans (1650-93). Toned." The second specimen was lot 32720 in Heritage sale 3073 (Chicago, April 2019), where it sold for $1,140. The catalog description[2] noted, "Dombes. Anne Marie Louise de Orleans 1/2 Ecu 1673-A VF30 NGC, Paris mint. A design frequently encountered as a 1/12 ecu, but only rarely in this larger 1/2 ecu format, the surfaces a lovely aged argent and good definition present throughout the design. From the Engelen Collection of World Coinage." Gaston, duc d'Orleans, was the younger brother of king Louis XIII. He was a lifelong troublemaker but so long as the king was unable to produce an heir, his life was safe, no matter how many treasonable conspiracies he was involved in. The Dombes region lies south of Franche Comte and west of Savoy and was a fief of the Montpensier family, whose heiress Gaston married in 1626. The area reverted to the French crown on the death of his daughter, Anne Marie Louise, in 1693.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 13.55 g, silver.

Catalog reference: KM-45; Divo-224.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.
  • [2]Bierrenbach, Cristiano and Warren Tucker, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3073, featuring the Lake County Collection of British coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2019.

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