France 1690-N 1/2 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 121, lot 1157
France 1690N demi ecu rev JElsen 121-1157.jpg
This specimen was lot 1157 in Jean Elsen sale 121 (Brussels, June 2014), where it sold for €145 (about US$232 including buyers' fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR demi-écu aux huit L, 1690 N, Montpellier. 1er type. 1e réformation. Droit: B. drapé à droite. Revers: Croix formée de huit L couronnés, cantonnés de quatre lis. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV (1643-1715), silver half écu of eight L's of 1690, Montpellier mint, first reformation. Obverse: draped bust to right; reverse: cross formed of eight crowned L's, fleur-de-lys in the fields. Very fine.)"
The specimen shown is an demi-écu aux 8 L ("half écu with 8 L's") struck in Montpellier during the reign of Louis XIV of France. This type was struck 1690-93 in large quantities, mostly overstriking older écus ("flans reformés"). It was succeeded by the demi-écu aux palmes.

Recorded mintage: 3,674 on new blanks plus 163,512 restruck on old coins, today somewhat scarce.

Specification: 13.72 g, .917 fine silver, 32-35 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVVM FAC REGEM, designed by Joseph Roéttiers, this specimen 13,30 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl., 1515A; Ci., 1890; Gad-184, Dr/4 no. 616, Dr/2 no. 399.

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.

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