France 1676-D 1/2 ecu

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Shown is a 1676-D demi-écu à la cravate from the Lyon mint. 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: 439,754 approx[1].

Specification: 13.72 g, .917 fine silver, 32-33 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by J. B. Dufour or François Warin; this specimen 13.62 g.

Catalog reference: Duplessy 1494, Dr/4 no. 565, Gad-177.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • [1]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.

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