France 1687-L 1/2 ecu

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
France 1687L demi-ecu rev DSLR.jpg
close up of the date

This specimen is a scarce demi-écu de Flandre, of a type struck in Lille for Flanders 1685-89. This is the most common date of the type and was accompanied by a eighth écu, quarter écu and écu de Flandre. Gadoury notes that this coin was made from melted Spanish coin. Standard French half écus were .917 fine silver. The Lille mint changed its crowned "L" mintmark to a "W" in 1693.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 18.82 g, .857 fine silver, 34 mm diameter, lettered edge.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 594A, Dr/2 no. 484A, Gad-182, KM 261.4.


  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • 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.

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