France 1690-L 1/2 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 137, lot 1007
This specimen was lot 1007 in Jean Elsen sale 137 (Brussels, June 2018), where it sold for €235 (about US$327 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR demi-écu aux huit L, 1690L couronné, Lille. 1er type. Flan neuf. D/ B. dr. à d. R/ Croix formée de huit L couronnés, cantonnée de quatre lis. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, silver half écu of 8 L's of 1690, Lille mint, crowned L mintmark, first type, new flan. Obverse: draped bust right; reverse: cross formed of eight crowned L's, cantonned with eight lilies. Very fine.)"
The specimen shown is an demi-écu aux 8 L, petit buste transitoire ("half écu with 8 L's, small transitional bust") struck in Lille during the reign of Louis XIV. This type was struck 1690-93 in large quantities, mostly overstriking older écus ("flans reformés"). It was succeeded by the demi-écu aux palmes. Lille used a crowned L mintmark 1690-93 then switched to the "W" mintmark it used until the 1840's. The regular "L" mintmark was assigned to Bayonne.

Recorded mintage: 424,845 fn + unknown rf, a better date.

Specification: 13.72 g, .917 fine silver, 32-35 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVVM FAC REGEM, designed by Joseph Roéttiers, this specimen 13,46 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl., 1515; Gad-184, Dr/4 no. 605.

Source:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Guilloteau, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, Colonies 1670-1942 et Metropole 1774-1942, Versailles, 1942.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 137, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2018

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