France 1672-A 1/2 ecu
The specimen shown is a demi-écu juvénile struck at the Paris mint during the reign of Louis XIV of France. It was lot 184 in Scotsman's Midsummer sale (St. Louis, July 2011). Droulers 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 noted in Droulers as fairly common for 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.
Recorded mintage: approximately 310,000.
Specification: 13.72 g, .917 fine silver, 32-33 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Jean Warin.
Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 556, Dr/2 no. 336.
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