France 1693-W 1/2 ecu de Flandre

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Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 1322
This specimen was lot 1322 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it sold for €470 (about US$623 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR demi-écu de Flandre aux palmes, 1693W, Lille. 2e réformation. D/ B. cuir. à d. R/ Ecu rond couronné entre deux palmes, écartelé aux armes de France, Bourgogne nouveau, Bourgogne ancien et Navarre. Rare Petites taches. Fine griffe au droit. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, silver half écu of Flanders and palms of 1693, Lille mint, second reformation. Obverse: armored bust right; reverse: crowned round arms of France, new Burgundy, old Burgundy and Navarre between two palms. Rare, small nicks, fine scratches on the obverse, Very Fine.)"
This is a very rare type struck at Lille only 1693-99 for Flanders and Picardy. The Lille mint also struck the regular demi-écu aux palmes in 1693.

Recorded mintage: unknown[2].

Specification: 18.82 g, .857 fine silver, this specimen 18,63 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 620, Dr/2 no. 489, Dupl-1529; Gad-187; Delm. 423.

Source:

  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • [2]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • 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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 141, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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