France 1725-V 1/2 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 133, lot 1251
This specimen was lot 1251 in Jean Elsen sale 133 (Brussels, June 2017), where it did not sell. The catalog description[2] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AR demi-écu aux huit L, 1725V, Troyes. D/ B. jeune à d., l., dr. et cuir. R/ Croix formée de quatre lis couronnés, cantonnée de huit L. Très rare. Très Beau à Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, silver half écu of the 8 'L's' of 1725, Troyes mint. Obverse: draped, laureate, armored young bust to right; reverse: cross formed of four crowned lilies cantoned with eight 'L's'. Very rare, very fine to extremely fine.)"
This issue of the Troyes mint is a better date of a very scarce type, struck 1725 only.

Recorded mintage: 62,559[1], a rare date.

Specification: 11.75 g, .917 fine silver, .722 troy oz ASW, 32 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM, designed by Norbert Roéttiers, this specimen is 11,73 g.

Catalog reference: Gad-312, Duplessy 1671; Ciani 2113; KM 478.20, Dr/2 no. 575, Dr/4 no. 826.

Source:

  • [1]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.
  • [2]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 133, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2017.

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