France 1685-A 1/2 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 118, lot 1122
France 1685A demi-ecu rev JElsen 118-1122.jpg
This specimen was lot 1122 in Jean Elsen sale 118 (Brussels, September 2013), where it sold for €550 (about US$867 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR demi-écu de Flandre, 1685 A, Paris. Dit "carambole". Au buste large. Différent: croissant. Droit: B. drapé à droite, coiffé d'une longue perruque. Revers: Ecu couronné, écartelé de France, Bourgogne moderne et Bourgogne ancien. Fines griffes. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV (1643-1715), silver half écu of Flanders, 1685, Paris mint, called the half écu "carambole" with large bust. Obverse: draped bust to right wearing a full wig; reverse: crowned arms with the quarters of France, old Burgundy and new Burgundy. Fine scratches, very fine.)"
In the late 1680's the regime of Louis XIV issued a series of coins designed to circulate solely in Flanders and the other newly annexed territories on the border of the Spanish Netherlands (now Belgium). All are scarce today. This type was issued 1685-88 from the Amiens and Lille mints; a similar type was minted at Paris. It is also known as the demi-écu aux carambole.

Recorded mintage: 761,653.

Specification: 18.82 g, .857 fine silver, 33-35 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM CHRISTIANISSIMVM, designed by Joseph Roéttiers; this specimen 18.55 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 594A, Dr/2 no. 484A, Duplessy 1510; Ciani 1885; Delm., 420; Gadoury 182.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 118, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2013.
  • Guilloteau, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, Colonies 1670-1942 et Metropole 1774-1942, Versailles, 1942.

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