France 1696-H 1/2 ecu

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
France 1696H demi-ecu rev DSLR.jpg

The specimen shown is an demi-écu aux palmes ("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 écus ("flans reformés"--the specimen shown is struck over a 1691-H ½ écu). It was succeeded by the demi-écu aux insignes. Droulers[1] prices this date as scarce, but even a common date is priced 20% higher than a demi-écu à la mèche longue.

Recorded mintage: "tres peu"[1], all "flans reformés."

Specification: 13.72 g, .917 fine silver, 32-35 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVVM FAC REGEM, designed by Joseph Roéttiers.

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

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.
  • Guilloteau, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, Colonies 1670-1942 et Metropole 1774-1942, Versailles, 1942.

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