France 1746-W 1/2 ecu

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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 Lille mint ("W") for 1741-42, 1744-63, 1766, 1774. This specimen was lot 1465 in CGB sale 31 (Paris, June 2007) and is counted among the common dates.

Recorded mintage: 452,732[1].

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

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


  • [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.

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