France 1652-V 1/2 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 1237
This specimen was lot 1237 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it sold for €200 (about US$265 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR demi-écu de Navarre à la mèche longue, 1652V, Saint-Palais. D/ B. enfantin, l., dr. et cuir. à d. R/ Ecu couronné, parti de France et Navarre. Très rare Griffes. Taches de vert-de-gris au revers. Beau à Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, silver half écu of Navarre of the long lock of 1652, St. Palais mint. Obverse: laureate, draped and armored infant bust right; reverse: crowned arms of France and Navarre. Very rare, scratches, verdigris on the reverse, Fine - Very Fine.)"
The specimen shown is an demi-écu de France et de Navarre à la mèche longue struck in St.-Palais during the reign of Louis XIV. This coin is a typical product of this mint in Béarn, where crude diework and bad strikes predominated. The reverse shows the arms of France impaled with the arms of Navarre. St. Palais struck this type 1652-62; the "V" is not a mintmark but the initial of the mintmaster, Etienne Verdoye. Droulers prices this date about seven times a typical demi-écu à la mèche longue.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 13.72 g, .917 fine silver, 32 mm diameter, plain edge, this specimen 13,50 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 528, Dr/2 no. 302, KM 183, Dupl-1474; Gad-170.

Source:

  • 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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 141, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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