France 1698-W 1/2 ecu

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from Jean Elsen sale 132, lot 781
This specimen was lot 781 in Jean Elsen sale 132 (Brussels, March 2017), where it sold for €300 (about US$380 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR demi-écu aux palmes, 1698W, Lille. Flan neuf. 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 1698, Lille mint, struck on a new blank. Obverse: cuirassed bust to right; reverse: crowned round arms of France between two palm branches. Very rare, very fine.)"
The specimen shown is an demi-écu aux palmes ("half écu with palms") struck in Amiens during the reign of Louis XIV. This type was struck 1693-1701 in large quantities, mostly overstriking older demi-écus ("flans reformés"). It was succeeded by the demi-écu aux insignes.

Recorded mintage: 10,753 on new blanks; none reported "reformed"; a rare date.

Specification: 13.72 g, .917 fine silver, edge lettered DOMINE SALVVM FAC REGEM, designed by Joseph Roéttiers, lettered edge; this specimen is 13,63 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 618, Dr/2 no. 412, Dupl. 1521; Gad-185; L4L 260.

Source:

  • 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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 132, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2017.

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