France 1685-X 1/2 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 103, lot 760
France 1685X demi ecu rev JElsen 103-760.jpg
This specimen is lot 760 in Jean Elsen sale 103 (Brussels, December 2009), where it sold for 800 euro. The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE ROYALE, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR demi-écu de Flandre, 1685 X, Amiens. Au buste arrondi. Droit: B. drapé à droite, coiffé d'une longue perruque. Revers : Ecu couronné, écartelé de France, Bourgogne moderne et Bourgogne ancien. Très Rare. Belle patine. Très Beau à Superbe" (France, Louis XIV (1643-1715), silver half écu of Flanders, 1685-X, Amiens mint. Obverse: draped bust facing right with long wig; reverse: crowned arms of France (France, modern Burgundy and old Burgundy). Very rare, Very Fine to Extremely Fine).
In the late 1680's the regime of Lous 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: 249,353.

Specification: 18.82 g, .857 fine silver, 33-35 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM CHRISTIANISSIMVM, designed by Joseph Roéttiers; this specimen 18.57 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 594B, Dr/2 no. 484B, 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 á Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, Vente Publique 103, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, s.a, 2009.
  • Guilloteau, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, Colonies 1670-1942 et Metropole 1774-1942, Versailles, 1942.

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