France 1701-W 1/2 ecu

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from Jean Elsen sale 132, lot 783
This specimen was lot 783 in Jean Elsen sale 132 (Brussels, March 2017), where it sold for €80 (about US$101 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR demi-écu aux insignes, 1701W, Lille. Buste du type aux palmes. 3e réformation. D/ B. à d., cuirassé à l'antique. R/ Ecu de France rond, couronné, brochant sur une main de justice et un sceptre posés en sautoir. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV (1643-1715), silver half écu of the insignia of 1701, Lille mint. Bust of the type of the palms, third reformation. Obverse: cuirassed bust to right; reverse: crowned round arms of France over crossed sceptres. Very fine.)"
The specimen shown is an demi-écu aux insignes ("half écu with insignia") struck in Paris during the reign of Louis XIV. This type was struck 1701-03 in large quantities, almost exclusively by overstriking older half écus ("flans reformés"). It was succeeded by the demi-écu aux 8 L, 2éme type. Droulers[2] prices this date as common, but even a common date is priced 40% higher than a demi-écu aux palmes.

Recorded mintage: unknown but large number struck over previous types.

Specification: 13.72 g, .917 fine silver, edge lettered DOMINE SALVVM FAC REGEM, designed by Joseph Roéttiers, lettered edge; this specimen is 13,21 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 622, Dr/2 no. 424, Dupl. 1534A; Ci. -; Gad-189a; Dr. 623.

Source:

  • [2]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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 132, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2017.

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