France 1673-L 1/2 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 140, lot 702
from the Mountain Groan Collection
France 1673L demi-ecu rev DSLR.jpg
This specimen was lot 702 in Jean Elsen sale 140 (Brussels, March 2019), where it sold for €460 (about US$613 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR demi-écu à la cravate, 1673L, Bayonne. 1e émission. D/ B. dr. et cuir. à d., portant une perruque et une cravate brodée. R/ Ecu de France couronné. Rare. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, silver half écu of the necktie of 1673, Bayonne mint, first issue. Obverse: draped and armored bust to right, wearing a wig and embroidered cravat; reverse: crowned arms of France. Rare, Very Fine.)"
The specimen shown is a demi-écu à la cravate struck at the Bayonne mint during the reign of Louis XIV. Droulers[2] devotes catalog numbers 558 thru 582 to describe the numerous variations of this bust, introduced in 1672 when the king was 34 years old. This issue is noted in Droulers[2] as fairly common for the type.

Recorded mintage: 535,438, a common date.

Specification: 13.72 g, .917 fine silver, plain edge, plain edge, this specimen 13,33 g.

Catalog reference: KM 230.6, Dr/4 no. 558, Dupl-1494; Gad-177.

Source:

  • 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.
  • [2]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 140, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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