France 1733-P 1/2 ecu

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Sincona sale 43, lot 2212
This specimen was lot 2212 in Sincona sale 43 (Zurich, October 2017), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"France, Louis XV. 1715-1774 1/2 Ecu aux lauriers 1733 P. Dijon 14.44 g. Gadoury 313. Sehr schön. Leicht poröser Schrötling. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, half écu of the laurel branches of 1733, Dijon mint. Very fine, Small flan defects.)"
The Dijon mint was a producer of this denomination 1726-32, after which production dwindled. The type was struck 1726-40 during the reign of Louis XV. 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[1], a rather scarce date.

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

Catalog reference: Duplessy 1676; Gadoury 313, KM 484.15 (unlisted date), Dr/4 no. 827, Dr/2 no. 580.


  • [1]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 5th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2010.
  • 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.
  • [2]Richter, Jürg, Sincona sale 43, Gold and Silver Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017

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