France 1744-G 1/2 ecu

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Wm. Rosenblum sale 42, lot 212

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. None of the dates are common. This specimen was from a recent William Rosenblum sale (Littleton, CO, February 2012) where it sold for $120.

Recorded mintage: 16,170[1].

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

Catalog reference: Dr/2 no. 585, Dr/4 no. 828, KM 511.

Source:

  • [1]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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.

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