France 1671-D 1/2 ecu

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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 not priced in Droulers[1] and is probably scarce. 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: 11,233.

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

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 552, Dr/2 no. 331.


  • [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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.

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