France 1683-A 1/2 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 83, lot 2037
France 1683A demi ecu JElsen 83-2037 rev.jpg

Shown is a 1683-A demi-écu à la cravate from the Paris mint. It was lot 2037 in Jean Elsen sale 83 (Brussels, March 2005), where it sold for 310 euro. 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: 242,000 approx.

Specification: 13.72 g, .917 fine silver, 32-33 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Nicolas Aury or François Warin.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 561.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • 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.

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