France 1716-W 1/2 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 132, lot 800
This specimen was lot 800 in Jean Elsen sale 132 (Brussels, March 2017), where it did not sell. The catalog description[2] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AR demi-écu Vertugadin, 1716W, Lille. Réformation. D/ B. enfantin à d., dr. et cuir. R/ Ecu de France rond, couronné. Beau à Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XV (1715-74), silver half écu vertugadin of 1716, Lille mint, reformed. Obverse: draped and cuirassed infant bust to right; reverse: crowned round arms of France. Fine to Very fine.)"
Droulers[1] notes that all known examples are struck "flan reformés," i.e., over earlier types. The type was struck until 1718, when it was replaced by the demi-écu de France et Navarre. It is priced lower than its sister, the écu vertugadin, tho much scarcer.

Recorded mintage: unknown but common for the type. All are struck on "reformed" blanks.

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 14,85 g.

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

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 132, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2017.

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