France 1704-B 1/2 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 122, lot 875
France 1704B demi ecu rev JElsen 122-875.jpg
This specimen was lot 875 in Jean Elsen sale 122 (Brussels, September 2014), where it sold for €110 (about US$169 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR demi-écu aux huit L, 1704 B, Rouen. 2e type. 4e réformation. Droit: B. à droite, cuirassé à l'antique. Revers: Croix formée de huit L couronnés, cantonnée de quatre lis, avec écu de France rond au centre. Nettoyé. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV (1643-1715), silver half écu of 8 L's of 1704, Rouen mint, second type, fourth reformation. Obverse: bust to right in antique armor; reverse: cross formed of eight crowned "L's" divides four lilies with round arms of France in the center. Cleaned, very fine.)"
Shown is a 1704-B demi-écu aux 8 L of the Rouen mint, Note traces of an undertype; this coin usually comes struck over an earlier half écu, Droulers[1] notes that all known specimens from this mint are overstruck. The bulk were struck 1704-05 but a few are known dated as late as 1709. It is the second demi-écu aux 8 L as the first demi-écu aux 8 L was issued 1690-93.

Recorded mintage: unknown but all "flans reformées".

Specification: 13.72 g, .917 fine silver, 32-35 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVVM FAC REGEM, designed by Joseph Roéttiers; this specimen 13,33 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl., 1552A; Ci., 1925; Gad-194, Dr/4 No. 628, Dr/2 no. 439.

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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [2]Philippe Elsen et al., Vente Publique 122: Collection de monnaies chinoises, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S. A., 2014.

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