France 1687-D 1/2 ecu

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Sincona sale 18, lot 2167
This specimen was lot 2167 in Sincona sale 18 (Zurich, May 2014), where it sold for CHF 7,250 (about US$9,553 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"1/2 Ecu au buste drapé à lantique 1687. Lyon Selten. Sehr schön-vorzüglich. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, half écu of the draped bust of 1687, Lyon mint, rare, very fine to extremely fine.)"
This type was struck 1686-89 in small quantities and was the victim of repeated "reformations," where older écus were called in and restruck. As a result, the type is quite rare today. It was succeeded by the demi-écu aux 8 L of 1690-93. Droulers[1] prices this date as rare.

Recorded mintage: 38,830 approx.

Specification: 13.72 g, .917 fine silver, 37-41 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by F. Warin, this specimen 13.61 g.

Catalog reference: Duplessy 1507. Dr/4 no. 585.


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

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