France 1712-A 1/2 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 112, lot 1229
France 1712A demi-ecu rev JElsen 112-1229.jpg
This specimen was lot 1229 in Jean Elsen sale 112 (Brussels, March 2012) where it sold for € 190 ($297 including buyer's fee). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE ROYALE, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR demi-écu aux trois couronnes, 1712 A, Paris. Droit : B. cuirassé à droite. Revers : Trois couronnes posées en triangle, séparées par trois lis. Ref.: Petits défauts du flan. Très Beau à Superbe. (France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, silver half écu of three crowns, Paris mint. Obverse: armored bust to right; reverse: three crowns posed in a triangle, separated by three fleur-de-lys. Small edge faults, very fine to extremely fine.)"
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. Droulers[2] prices this date as common.

Recorded mintage: 1,851,398.

Specification: 15.30 g, .917 fine silver, 32-35 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM, designed by Joseph Roéttiers. This specimen 15,18 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl-1569; Ci-1938; Gad-199; Dr/4 no. 632, Dr/2 no. 452, KM 382.1.

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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 112, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2012.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.

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