France 1730-B 1/2 ecu

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Kunker sale 263, lot 1703
This specimen was lot 1703 in Künker sale 263 (Osnabruck, June 2015), where it sold for €200 (about US$259 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"KÖNIGREICH Louis XV, 1715-1774. 1/2 Ecu aux rameaux d'olivier 1730, B, Rouen. Herrliche Patina, sehr schön-vorzüglich. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, half écu of the olive branches of 1730, Rouen mint. Toned, very fine to extremely fine.)"
The Rouen mint was one of the leading producers of this denomination 1726-32, after which production dwindled. The type was struck 1726-40 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.

Recorded mintage: unknown but common.

Specification: 14.74 g, .917 fine silver, 31-33 mm diameter, edge lettered, DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM.

Catalog reference: Duplessy 1676; Gadoury 313, KM 484.2, Dr/4 no. 827, Dr/2 no. 580.

Source:

  • 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012
  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 263, The Friedrich Popken collection of gold and silver coinages | Coins and Medals from Medieval and Modern Times, a. o. the collection of Ernst Otto Horn, part III, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015.

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