France 1718-W 1/2 ecu KM-420.19

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from Stack's Bowers 2016 ANA sale, lot 20431
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This specimen was lot 20431 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Anaheim, CA, August 2016), where it did not sell. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE. 1/2 Ecu, 1718-W. Lille Mint. Louis XV (1715-74). PCGS AU-58 Secure Holder. RARE. Child portrait type. The only example graded at PCGS. Has the initial appearance of a mint state coin with virtually no discernable wear and a trace of adjustment marks showing up on the neck of the portrait. Light adjustment marks seen on the reverse shield as well. Bright, nearly all white lustrous surfaces and smooth fields free of abrasions. A terrific type coin and a must have addition for those collectors specializing in French Half Ecu coinage by date or type." This issue of the Lille mint is a common date of a scarce type, struck in France 1718-20 only. It is called the demi-écu de France et Navarre.

Recorded mintage: 161,280[1], which includes a few demi-écu vertugadin.

Specification: 12.37 g, .917 fine silver, 33 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM, designed by Norbert Roéttiers.

Catalog reference: Dr/2 no. 559, Dr/4 no. 824, KM-420.19; Gad-310(R).

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.
  • 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.
  • [2]Ponterio, Richard, The August 2016 Anaheim ANA Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.

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