France 1712-X 1/2 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 124, lot 932
This specimen was lot 932 in Jean Elsen sale 124 (Brussels, March 2015), where it sold for €250 (about US$312 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR demi-écu aux trois couronnes, 1712 X, Amiens. Droit: B. cuirassé à droite. Revers: Trois couronnes posées en triangle, séparées par trois lis. Griffes au revers. Belle patine. Très Beau à Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV (1643-1715), silver half écu of the three crowns of 1712, Amiens mint. Obverse: armored bust to right; reverse: three crowns in a triangle, separated by three lilies. Adjustment marks on the reverse, nice toning, 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[1] prices this date as fairly common.

Recorded mintage: 183,314[1].

Specification: 15.30 g, .917 fine silver, 32-35 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM, designed by Joseph Roëttiers. This specimen 15,12 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl-1569; Ci-1938; Gad-199; Dr/4 no. 632, Dr/2 no. 452, KM 382.22.

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.
  • [2]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 124, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2015.

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