France 1701-A 1/2 ecu

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
France 1701A demi ecu rev DSLR.jpg

The specimen shown is an demi-écu aux insignes ("half écu with insignia") struck in Paris during the reign of Louis XIV of France. This type was struck 1701-03 in large quantities, mostly overstriking older half écus ("flans reformés"--see the specimen shown for the visible undertype). It was succeeded by the demi-écu aux 8 L, 2éme type. Droulers[1] prices this date as common, but even a common date is priced 40% higher than a demi-écu aux palmes.

Recorded mintage: unknown but all "flans reformés."

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

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 622, Dr/2 no. 424, KM 325.1.

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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Guilloteau, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, Colonies 1670-1942 et Metropole 1774-1942, Versailles, 1942.

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