France 1667-M 1/2 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 85, lot 1267
France 1667M demiecu rev JElsen 85-1267.jpg

The specimen shown is a demi-écu juvénile struck at the Toulouse mint during the reign of Louis XIV of France. 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 available dates of the type but it is priced about 25% higher than the 1666-N. Altho the succeeding bust, the demi-écu à la cravate, was introduced in 1672, demi-écus juvéniles are known dated as late as 1680.

Recorded mintage: 70,454.

Specification: 13.72 g, .917 fine silver, 32-33 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Jean Warin.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 538, Dr/2 no. 316.


  • [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.

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