France 1736-T 1/2 ecu

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Sincona sale 47, lot 1675
This specimen was lot 1675 in Sincona sale 47 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 300 CHF (about US$360 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANKREICH, Konigreich, Louis XV. 1715-1774. 1/2 Ecu aux lauriers 1736 T, Nantes. Sehr selten. Sehr schön. Leicht justiert. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, half écu of the laurel branches of 1736, Nantes mint. Very rare, Very fine, Minor adjustment marks.)"
This coin is a demi-écu aux branches d'olivier from the Nantes mint. The issues of this mint are generally common; Droulers reports every date of 1726-40. The Nantes mint operated until the reign of Louis Philippe. 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: 18,624, a better date but not rare.

Specification: 14.74 g, .917 fine silver, this specimen 14.72 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 827, Dr/2 no. 580, Duplessy 1676; Ciani 2118; KM 428.20, Gadoury 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.
  • 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.
  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Auction 47, World Coins and Medals, Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2018

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