France 1717-K 1/2 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 145, lot 1164
This specimen was lot 1164 in Jean Elsen sale 145 (Brussels, September 2020), where it sold for €120 (about US$171 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
" FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AR demi-écu Vertugadin, [17]17K, Bordeaux. Réformation. D/ B. enfantin à d., dr. et cuir. R/ Ecu de France rond, couronné. Rare Petits coups. Belle patine. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, silver half écu vertugadin of 1717, Bordeaux mint, reformed. Obverse: draped and armored infant bust to right; reverse: crowned round arms of France. Rare, small nicks, nice patina, Very Fine.)"
Shown is a half écu vertugadin struck in 1717 at the Bordeaux mint while king Louis XV was a minor. Droulers[2] 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: 74,832, all rf.

Specification: 15.29 g, .917 fine silver, .451 troy oz ASW, 31-33 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM, designed by Norbert Roëttiers, this specimen 15,16 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 823, Dr/2 no. 554, KM 420.10, Dupl-1652A; Gad-308.

Source:

  • [2]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 2nd édition. Paris: AFPN, 1998.
  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 145, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2020.

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