France 1693-B 1/2 ecu

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Künker sale 293, lot 1851
This specimen was lot 1851 in Künker sale 293 (Osnabruck, Germany, July 2017), where it sold for €1,000 (about US$1,348 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"FRANKREICH, KÖNIGREICH, Louis XIV, 1643-1715. 1/2 Ecu aux palmes 1693, B, Rouen. Réformation. Selten in dieser Erhaltung. Attraktives Exemplar mit herrlicher Patina, vorzüglich +. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, half écu of the palms of 1693, Rouen mint, reformed. Scarce in this quality, attractive example with beautiful patina, extremely fine or better.)"
The specimen shown is an demi-écu aux palmes ("half écu with palms") struck in Rouen during the reign of Louis XIV of France. This type was struck 1693-1701 in large quantities, mostly overstriking older écus ("flans reformés"). 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 Rouen in 1693.

Recorded mintage: unknown[1].

Specification: 27.45 g, .917 fine silver, 37-41 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by F. Warin.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 618, Dr/2 no. 412, Duplessy 1521 A; Gadoury 185.

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.
  • [2]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Katalog 293: Münzen aus Mittelalter und Neuzeit u. a. die westfälischen Privatsammlungen Werner Bröker und Bernd Terletzki, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2017.

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