France 1741-G 1/2 ecu

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from Sincona sale 11, lot 1340
This coin, called a demi-écu au bandeau, was the French equivalent of a half dollar. In the coinage system of the ancien régime, the half écu = three livres. The type was struck 1741-74 and is recorded for the Poitiers mint ("G") for 1741, 1744, 1746-47, 1750 and 1767. This specimen was lot 1340 in Sincona sale 11 (Zurich, May 2013), where it sold for 1,000 CHF (about US$1,238 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANKREICH Louis XV. 1715-1774. 1/2 Ecu au bandeau 1741, Poitiers. Vorzüglich-gutes vorzüglich. (France, Louis XV, 1715-74, half écu 'of the ribbon' of 1741, Poitiers mint. Extremely fine to good extremely fine.)"
This specimen was offered again in May 2014 in Sincona sale 18.

Recorded mintage: unknown but rare[2].

Specification: 14.74 g, .917 fine silver, 31-33 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by J.-C. Roéttiers. This specimen is 14.61 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/2 no. 585, Dr/4 no. 828, KM 511, Duplessy 1681, Gadoury 314.


  • [2]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals & Banknotes, Auction 11, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2013.

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