France 1705-C 1/2 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 137, lot 1013
This specimen was lot 1013 in Jean Elsen sale 137 (Brussels, June 2018), where it sold for €120 (about US$167 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR demi-écu aux huit L, 1704C, Saint-Lô. 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 8 L's of 1704, Saint-Lô mint, second type, fourth reformation. Obverse: armored bust right; reverse: cross formed of eight crowned L's, cantonned with eight lilies, round arms of France at the center. Very fine.)"
Shown is a 1705 demi-écu aux 8 L of the Caen mint. Note strong evidence 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 Saint-Lô used the "C" mintmark until its closure in 1656; "C" was assigned to Can when it opened in 1693. The bulk of this type 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: common, 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 13,27 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl-1552A; 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.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 137, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2018

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