France 1721-H 1/2 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 132, lot 807
This specimen was lot 807 in Jean Elsen sale 132 (Brussels, March 2017), where it sold for €2,600 (about US$3,293 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AR demi-écu de France, 1721H, La Rochelle. Réformation. D/ B. enfantin à d., l., dr. et cuir. R/ Ecu de France couronné. Très rare Réformé sur un demi-écu de Navarre. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XV (1715-74), silver half écu of France of 1721, La Rochelle mint. Obverse: draped, cuirassed and laureate infant bust to right; reverse: crowned arms of France. Struck over a half écu of Navarre, very rare, very fine.)"
This type is rare so there is little difference between rare and common mints.

Recorded mintage: unknown but all struck on "reformed" blanks.

Specification: 12.23 g, .917 fine, 33 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM, designed by Norbert Roéttiers, this specimen 12,06 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 825, Dr/2 no. 567, Dupl. 1666; Gad-311.

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]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 132, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2017.

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