France 1691-Y 1/2 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 124, lot 924
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The specimen shown is an demi-écu aux 8 L ("écu with 8 L's") struck in Bourges during the reign of Louis XIV. This type was struck 1690-93 in France in large quantities, mostly overstriking older demi-écus ("flans reformés"--see the specimen shown for the visible undertype). It was succeeded by the demi-écu aux palmes. Droulers[1] prices this date as scarce, but even a common date is priced 20% higher than a demi-écu à la mèche longue. This specimen was lot 924 in Jean Elsen sale 124 (Brussels, March 2015), where it sold for €380 (about US$474 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR demi-écu aux huit L, 1691 Y, Bourges. 1er type. 1e réformation. Droit: B. drapé à droite. Revers: Croix formée de huit L couronnés, cantonnée de quatre lis. Rare. Fines griffes. Belle patine. Très Beau à Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV (1643-1715), silver half écu of eight L's of 1691, Bourges mint, first type, first reformation. Obverse: draped bust to right; reverse: cross formed of eight crowned L's with four lilies in the fields. Rare, fine scratches, nice patina, very fine to extremely fine.)"

Recorded mintage: unknown but all on "reformed blanks" (older coins)[1].

Specification: 13.72 g, .917 fine silver, 31-32 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Jean Warin; this specimen 13,35 g.

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

Source:

  • [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.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1600-1700, Galesburg, IL, 1974.
  • [2]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 124, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2015.

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