France 1660-T 1/2 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 137, lot 1000
This specimen was lot 1000 in Jean Elsen sale 137 (Brussels, June 2018), where it sold for €130 (about US$181 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR demi-écu au buste juvénile, 1660T, Nantes. 1er type. D/ B. à d., les cheveux longs, l., dr. et cuir. R/ Ecu de France couronné. Nettoyé. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, silver half écu of the juvenile bust of 1660, Nantes mint, first type. Obverse: laureate, armored and draped bust to right with long hair; reverse: crowned arms of France. Cleaned, Very fine.)"
The specimen shown is a demi-écu juvenile struck at Nantes 1659-62 during the reign of Louis XIV. Droulers[1] devotes catalog numbers 530 thru 557 to describe the numerous variations of this bust, introduced in 1659 when the king was 21 years old. This issue is one of the better dates of the type.

Recorded mintage: 15,407, a better date[1].

Specification: 13.72 g, .917 fine silver, 31-32 mm diameter, plain edge, this specimen 13,32 g. Edge lettering would be introduced to the half écu in 1686.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 548T, Dupl-1484; Gad-173.


  • [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.
  • [2]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 137, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2018.

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