France 1695-H 1/2 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 1314
This specimen was lot 1314 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it sold for €80 (about US$106 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR demi-écu aux palmes, 1695H, La Rochelle. 2e réformation. D/ B. cuir. à d. R/ Ecu de France rond, couronné, entre deux palmes. Très rare. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, silver half écu of the palms of 1695, La Rochelle mint, second reformation. Obverse: armored bust right; reverse: crowned round arms of France between two palms. Very rare, very Fine.)"
The specimen shown is a demi-écu aux palmes ("half écu with palms") struck in La Rochelle during the reign of Louis XIV. 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[2] notes this date as rather scarce. Lettered edging was introduced to the half écu about 1686.

Recorded mintage: unknown but all rf[2].

Specification: 13.72 g, .917 fine silver, 31-32 mm diameter, plain edge, this specimen 13,02 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 618, Dr/2 no. 412, Dupl-1521A; Gad-185.

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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