France 1698-X 1/2 ecu

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Ponterio sale 168, lot 40498
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC
from the Mountain Groan Collection
France 1698X demi ecu rev DSLR.jpg

The first specimen was lot 40498 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $911. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. 1/2 Ecu, 1698-X. NGC MS-63. Louis XIV (1643-1715). Struck over a 1690-A 1/2 Ecu. Light attractive toning." The specimen shown is an demi-écu aux palmes ("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. Droulers does not list this date.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 13.72 g, .917 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM-295.22; Gad-185; Dup-1521a; DFW-260, Dr/4 no. 618, Dr/2 no. 412.


  • 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.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.

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