France 1759-W 1/2 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 117, lot 1772
France 1759W demi ecu rev JElsen 117-1772.jpg
This specimen was lot 1772 in Jean Elsen sale 117 (Brussels, June 2013), where it sold for €280 (about US$442 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XV (1715-1774), AR demi-écu au bandeau, 1759 W, Lille. Droit: Tête à gauche, ceinte d'un bandeau. Revers: Ecu de France couronné, entre deux rameaux d'olivier. Coup au revers. Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis XV, 1715-74, silver half ecu of the ribbon of 1759, Lille mint. Obverse: head to left, hair tied in a ribbon; reverse: crowned arms of France between two olive branches. Reverse rim nick, extremely fine.)"
This specimen is an demi-écu au bandeau of Louis XV struck in 1759 at the Lille mint. The long reign of Louis XV (1715-74) saw many coin types come and go. The first part of the reign, while Louis was a child, was a period of monetary confusion and manipulation. The reforms of Cardinal Fleury (1726) stabilized the fiscal situation until the total collapse at the eve of the Revolution. Numismatically, this period can be divided into three epochs, marked by the écu aux branches d’olivier (1726-40), the écu au bandeau (1740-72) and the écu à la vielle tête (1770-74).

Recorded mintage: unknown but a common date.

Specification: 14.74 g, .917 fine silver, edge lettered DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM, obverse legend LUD.XV.D.G.FR.ET NAV.REX, this specimen 14.73 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl-1681; Ci-2125, KM-516.21, Dr/4 no. 828.

Source:

  • Clairand, Armand, Monnaies de Louis XV, Le temps de la Stabilité Monetaire, 1726-1774, Paris: Maison Platt, 1996.
  • 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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, Vente Publique 117: Collection Jean-Jacques Symoens, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses fils, S.A., 2013.

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