France 1694-S 1/2 ecu

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Heritage sale 3042, lot 29652
from Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 29652 in Heritage sale 3042 (Long Beach, September 2015), where it sold for $517. The catalog description[2] noted, "Louis XIV 1/2 Ecu 1694-S MS62 NGC, Troyes mint. An incredibly interesting piece showing extensive evidence of the previous coin's reverse motif where the face of Louis XIV should be. Despite some missing elements from the current strike--although what is visible is noticeably sharp--the surfaces present a handsome, silvery base with golden color that weaves through the obverse legends and turquoise iridescence that encircles the reverse periphery. An altogether multi-faceted offering, highly engaging as such." The specimen shown is a demi-écu aux palmes ("half écu with palms") struck in Reims (not Troyes, which used a "V" mintmark in 1694) 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 somewhat scarce. Lettered edging was introduced to the half écu about 1686.

Recorded mintage: unknown but all "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 295.18, Dr/4 no. 618, Dr/2 no. 412, Gad-185.


  • [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]Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3042, featuring the Read and Bob Bennett Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.

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