France 1704-H 1/2 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 132, lot 784
This specimen was lot 784 in Jean Elsen sale 132 (Brussels, March 2017), where it did not sell. The catalog description[2] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR demi-écu aux huit L, 1704H, La Rochelle. 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. Rare. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV (1643-1715), silver half écu of the eight "L's" of 1704, La Rochelle mint, second type, fourth reformation. Obverse: cuirassed bust to right; reverse: cross formed of eight crowned "L's", with four fleurs-de-lys in the fields with the round arms of France in the center. Rare, very fine.)"
Shown is a 1704-H demi-écu aux 8 L of the La Rochelle mint, Note traces of an undertype; this coin nearly always 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: 912,600 but all "flans reformées". A common date.

Specification: 13.72 g, .917 fine silver, 32-35 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVVM FAC REGEM, designed by Joseph Roéttiers; this specimen 13,26 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl., 1552A; Ci., 1925; Gad-194, Dr/4 no. 629, Dr/2 no. 440.

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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • [2]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 132, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2017.

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