France 1726-D 1/2 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 132, lot 808
This specimen was lot 808 in Jean Elsen sale 132 (Brussels, March 2017), where it sold for €85 (about US$108 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AR demi-écu aux rameaux d'olivier, 1726D, Lyon. D/ B. habillé à g., décoré de la croix du Saint-Esprit. R/ Ecu de France couronné, entre deux rameaux d'olivier. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XV (1715-74), silver half écu of the olive branches of 1726, Lyon mint. Obverse: uniformed bust to left with the Order of the Holy Spirit; reverse: crowned arms of France between two olive branches. Very fine.)"
This coin was part of the great coinage reform of Cardinal Fleury which finally terminated the manipulations which had disrupted the economy since the 1690's. Unfortunately, after a good start in 1726-27, mintages of the demi-écu dwindled and most dates from the 1730's are quite scarce. Lyon issued this demi-écu aux rameaux d'olivier for 1726-30, 1733 only.

Recorded mintage: 1,254,732, almost as common as Paris, second highest mintage for the type.

Specification: 14.74 g, .917 fine silver, edge lettered DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM, designed by J.-C. Roéttiers, this specimen 14,57 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 827, Dr. 2 no. 580, KM 484, Dupl. 1676; Gad-313.

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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