France 1668-9 1/2 ecu

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Künker sale 293, lot 1838
The specimen shown is a demi-écu juvénile struck at the Rennes mint 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 a better date of the type. Altho the succeeding bust, the demi-écu à la cravate, was introduced in 1672, demi-écus juvéniles are known dated as late as 1680. This specimen was lot 1838 in Künker sale 293 (Osnabruck, Germany, July 2017), where it sold for €1,100 (about US$1,483 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"FRANKREICH, KÖNIGREICH, Louis XIV, 1643-1715. 1/2 Ecu au buste juvénile 1668, Münzzeichen "9", Rennes. Kl. Justierspuren, vorzüglich. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, half écu of the young bust of 1668, Rennes mint. Adjustment marks, extremely fine.)"

Recorded mintage: 128,942[1].

Specification: 13.72 g, .917 fine silver, 31-32 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Jean Warin.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 554, Dr/2 no. 331, Duplessy 1484; Gadoury 174.


  • [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]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Katalog 293: Münzen aus Mittelalter und Neuzeit u. a. die westfälischen Privatsammlungen Werner Bröker und Bernd Terletzki, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2017.

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