France 1694-A 1/2 ecu

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Heritage sale 3024, lot 23808
from Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 23808 in Heritage sale 3024 (Chicago, April 2013), where it sold for $1,057.50. The catalog description[2] noted, "Louis XIIII 1/2 Ecu 1694-A, MS64 NGC, struck over an earlier coin but with all details clear, deeply toned and attractive." 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 half écus ("flans reformés"). It was succeeded by the demi-écu aux insignes. Droulers[1] notes this date as common. Lettered edging was introduced to the half écu about 1686.

Recorded mintage: 362,326 struck on new blanks plus a large number "reformed"[1].

Specification: 13.72 g, .917 fine silver, 22-25 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVVM FAC REGEM, designed by Joseph Roéttiers.

Catalog reference: KM 295.1, Dr/4 no. 618, Dr/2 no. 412.


  • [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.
  • 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.
  • [2]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3024, featuring the Kairos and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collections, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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