France 1714-X 1/2 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 140, lot 714
This specimen was lot 714 in Jean Elsen sale 140 (Brussels, March 2019), where it sold for €320 (about US$426 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR demi-écu aux trois couronnes, 1714X, Amiens. D/ B. cuir. à d. R/ Trois couronnes posées en triangle, séparées par trois lis. Fine griffe au droit. Patine de médaillier. Très Beau/Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, Very Fine/Extremely Fine.)"
This type, called the demi-écu aux trois couronnes, 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. Gadoury prices this date from Amiens as slightly scarce. The SCWC has deleted this type entirely from its listings.

Recorded mintage: 103,990, a somewhat better date.

Specification: 15.30 g, .917 fine silver, 31-33 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM, designed by Joseph Roéttiers; this specimen 15,24 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl-1569; Ci-1938; Gad-199; Dr/4 no. 632, Dr/2 no. 452, KM 382.

Source:

  • 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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 140, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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