France 1676-L 1/2 ecu

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Sincona sale 18, lot 2161
Shown is a 1676-L demi-écu à la cravate from the Bayonne mint. This specimen was lot 2161 in Sincona sale 18 (Zurich, May 2014), where it sold for CHF 350 (about US$461 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"1/2 Ecu à la cravate 1676. Bayonne Sehr schön. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, half écu of the necktie of 1676, Bayonne mint, very 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: 172,034 approx.

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

Catalog reference: Duplessy 1494, Dr/4 no. 558, Gad-177.

Source:

  • 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.
  • [2]Numismatic Coins, Medals, & Banknotes: Auction 18, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2014.

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