France 1636-X 1/2 ecu d'or

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Jean Elsen sale 103, lot 752
France 1636X ecu dor rev JElsen 103-752.jpg
This specimen is lot 752 in Jean Elsen sale 103 (Brussels, December 2009), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE ROYALE, Louis XIII (1610-1643), AV demi-écu d'or au soleil, 1636 X, Amiens. Droit: Ecu de France couronné, sous un soleil. Lettre d'atelier à l'exergue. Revers: Croix anillée et fleurdelisée. Un point au centre. Très Rare. Petit coup sur la tranche. Très Beau" (France, Louis XIII (1610-43), gold half écu with sunburst, 1636-X, Amiens mint. Obverse: crowned shield of France below a sunburst; reverse: cross decorated with rings and fleurs-de-lys. Point at center. Very rare, small rim nick, Very Fine).
This type was struck at numerous mints 1611-43, i.e., Louis' entire reign. The Amiens mint seems to have been the most prolific issuer as its products are priced lower than other mints. These coins were struck with the hammer and were supposed to be phased out with the introduction of milled coinage in 1640 but demi-écus d'or are known dated as late as 1654.

Recorded mintage: assez peu[2].

Specification: 1.68 g, .958 fine gold, 20-22 mm diameter, plain edge, various engravers; this specimen 1.68 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 7B, Dr/2 no. 2b, Duplessy 1283B; Ciani 1602; Gadoury 53, KM 40.15.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • [2]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, Vente Publique 103, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, s.a, 2009.

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