France 1679-B 1/2 ecu

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from Stack's Bowers November 2015 sale, lot 42212
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This specimen was lot 42212 in Stack's Bowers Winter sale (Baltimore, November 2015), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. 1/2 Ecu, 1679-B. Louis XIV (1643-1715). NGC VF Details--Tooled. Struck in a year that saw Louis XIV end more wars than he started, with both the Treaty of Fontainebleau and Saint-Germain-en-Laye being forced upon adversaries, as well as the Peace of Lund. Minor tooling marks in the left obverse field in an attempt to remove deposits from the surface of the coin. Quite minor all things considered, the overall look is pleasant with a remarkably detailed portrait." The numismatics of French coins of the 1670's and 1680's is very confusing. Droulers[2] 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: 345,691[2].

Specification: 13.72 g, .917 fine silver, 31-32 mm diameter, plain edge.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 564, Gad-178; Duplessy-1494.


  • [2]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • 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]Ponterio, Richard, and Todd McKenna, The November 2015 Baltimore Auction, World Coins and Paper Money, featuring the Ray Czabor Collection and selections from the Strong Museum, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2015.

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