France 1674-A 1/2 ecu

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Jean Elsen list 269, lot 897
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Shown is a 1674-A demi-écu à la cravate from the Paris mint. This specimen was lot 897 in Jean Elsen list 269 (Brussels, July-August 2014), where it was offered for €1,500 (about US$2,042). The catalog description[2] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR demi-écu à la cravate, 1674 A, Paris. 1er buste. Droit: B. drapé et cuirassé à droite, portant une perruque et une cravate brodée. Revers: Ecu de France couronné. Rare. Légère porosité du flan au revers. presque Superbe (kingdom of France, Louis XIV (1643-1715), silver half écu of the necktie of 1674, Paris mint, first bust. Obverse: draped and armored bust wearing peruke and embroidered cravat; reverse: crowned arms of France. Rare, porosity on reverse, about extremely fine.)"
The numismatics of French coins of the 1670's and 1680's is very confusing. Droulers[1] assigns catalog numbers 558 thru 582 to the various varieties of the demi-écu à la cravate, which was struck 1672-86. This type is priced about five times the price of the demi-écu à la meche longue struck 1646-60.

Recorded mintage: 71,000 approx.

Specification: 13.72 g, .917 fine silver, 32-33 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by J. B. Dufour or François Warin; this specimen 13,57 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl., 1494; Ci., 1874; Gad-177, Dr/4 no. 558.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • 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.
  • [1]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • [2]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Liste 269: Juillet-Septembre 2014, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2014.

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