France 1716-B 1/2 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 1389
This specimen was lot 1389 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it sold for €170 (about US$225 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AR demi-écu Vertugadin, 1716B, Rouen. Réformation. D/ B. enfantin à d., dr. et cuir. R/ Ecu de France rond, couronné. Rare. Très Beau (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, silver half écu vertugadin of 1716, Rouen mint, reformed. Obverse: draped and armored infant bust right; reverse: crowned round arms of France. Rare, Very Fine.)"
At the time of issue, it had a face value of 2 livres 10 sols tournois. While this is not a scarce date, it is scarce compared to the écu vertugadin.

Recorded mintage: unknown rf[2].

Specification: 15.29 g, .917 fine silver, .451 troy oz ASW, 31-33 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM, designed by Norbert Roéttiers, this specimen 15,22 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 823, Dr/2 no. 554, Dupl-1652A; Gad-308.

Source:

  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • [2]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • 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 141, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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