France 1709-D 1/2 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 142, lot 1343
This specimen was lot 1343 in Jean Elsen sale 142 (Brussels, September 2019), where it sold for €120 (about US$156 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
" FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR demi-écu aux trois couronnes, 1709D, Lyon. D/ B. à d., cuirassé à l'antique. R/ Trois couronnes posées en triangle, séparées par trois lis. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, silver half écu of the three crowns of 1709, Lyon mint. Obverse: draped and armored bust right; reverse: three crowned in a triangle, three lilies in between. Very Fine.)"
The specimen shown is a demi-écu aux trois couronnes ("half écu with three crowns") struck in Lyon during the reign of Louis XIV. This type was struck 1709-15 in large quantities, and is the last half écu to bear the bust of Louis XIV. It was succeeded by the demi-écu vertugadin of Louis XV.

Recorded mintage: 1,058,862[2], a slightly better date.

Specification: 15.30 g, .917 fine silver, 32-35 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM, designed by Joseph Roéttiers; this specimen 15,10 g.

Catalog reference: KM 382.4, Dr/4 no. 632, Dupl. 1569; Gad-199.

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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 142, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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