France 1704-E 1/2 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 1348
This specimen was lot 1348 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it sold for €120 (about US$159 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR demi-écu aux huit L, 1704E, Tours. 2e type. 4e réformation. D/ B. à d., cuirassé à l'antique. R/ Croix formée de huit L couronnés, cantonnée de quatre lis, avec écu de France rond au centre. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, silver half écu of the eight "L's" of 1704, Tours mint, second type, fourth reformation. Obverse: armored bust right; reverse: cross formed of eight crowned "L's", cantonned with four lilies, with the round arms of France at the center. Very Fine.)"
Shown is a 1704-E demi-écu aux 8 L of the Tours mint, Note traces of an undertype; this coin nearly always comes struck over an earlier half écu, Droulers[2] 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. The obverse die is leftover from the previous bust.

Recorded mintage: 304,982, all rf[2], fairly common.

Specification: 13.72 g, .917 fine silver, 33-36 mm diameter, lettered edge, designed by Joseph Roéttiers, this specimen 13,41 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 629, Dr/2 no. 440, Dupl-1552A; Gad-194.

Source:

  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • [2]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 141, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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