France 1728-X 1/2 ecu

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Stack's Bowers 2015 NYINC sale, lot 537
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This specimen was lot 537 in Stacks-Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $1,116.25. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. 1/2 Ecu, 1728-X. Amiens Mint. Louis XV (1715-74). NGC MS-63. Sharply struck with lovely old cabinet toning." Shown is a demi-écu aux branches d'olivier ("half écu with olive wreath") struck at Amiens 1726-31 and 1740 during the reign of Louis XV of France. 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.

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

Recorded mintage: 216,331[2], a better date but not rare.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 827, Dr/2 no. 580, KM 484.22, Gad-313.


  • [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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, The January 2015 NYINC Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Featuring the John W. Adams and Ray Czabor Collections, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2014.

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