France 1693-A 1/2 ecu

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from the Stack's Bowers 2017 Collector's Choice sale, lot 72186
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This specimen was lot 72186 in Stack's Bowers Collectors Choice Online Auction (Santa Ana, CA, May 2017), where it sold for $564. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE. 1/2 Ecu, 1693-A. Louis XIV (1643-1715). NGC MS-62. Struck over an earlier 1/2 ecu as normal. Frosty white luster with quite a few elements of the undertype visible." The specimen shown is an demi-écu aux palmes ("half écu with palms") struck in Paris during the reign of Louis XIV of France. This type was struck 1693-1701 in large quantities, mostly overstriking older écus ("flans reformés"--see the specimen shown for the visible undertype). It was succeeded by the demi-écu aux insignes. Droulers[1] prices this date as common, but even a common date is priced 20% higher than a demi-écu à la mèche longue. A few of the prior type, the demi-écu aux 8 L, were also made in Paris in 1693.

Recorded mintage: 961, 594 "flans reformés."[1] Droulers notes 4,351 fn plus 362,236 rf of the demi-écu aux 8 L.

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. 618, Dr/2 no. 412, KM-295.1.

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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • [2]Ponterio, Rick, et al., The May 2017 Collector's Choice Sale, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.

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