France 1690-A 1/2 ecu

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Goldberg sale 90, lot 3929
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This specimen was lot 3929 in Goldberg sale 90 (Los Angeles, January 2016), where it did not sell. The catalog description[2] noted, "France. ½ Ecu, 1690-A. Louis XIV. Type with 8 L's. Struck over earlier type. About Very Fine." This type was struck 1690-93 in large quantities, mostly overstriking older écus ("flans reformés"). It was succeeded by the demi-écu aux palmes. Droulers[1] prices this date as fairly common, but even a common date is priced 20% higher than a demi-écu à la mèche longue.

Recorded mintage: est. 219,548 on new blanks plus more struck on older coins.[1]

Specification: 13.72 g, .917 fine silver, 32-35 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVVM FAC REGEM, designed by Joseph Roéttiers.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 616, Dr/2 no. 399, Gad-184.


  • [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.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [2]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 90: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2016.

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