France 1753-Pau 1/2 ecu

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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This specimen is a demi-écu du Béarn au bandeau struck at the Pau mint in 1753. The Pau mint (mintmark "cow") struck this type for France 1741-70; all dates are scarce. It receives a separate catalog number from the other mints because of the variant obverse legend. Droulers[1] prices this date about triple the common date such as 1746-W or 1767-L.

Recorded mintage: 12,877.

Specification: 14.74 g, .917 fine silver, edge lettered DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM, obverse legend LUD.XV.D.G.FR.ET NA.RE.BD. (instead of NAV.REX).

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 828a, Dr/2 no. 585a, KM 521.

Source:

  • [1]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.

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