France 1760-R 1/2 ecu
The first specimen was lot 7660 in Ponterio sale 152 (New York, January 2010), where it sold for $460. The catalog description noted, "FRANCE. 1/2 Ecu, 1760-R. Louis XV (1715-74). SCARCE Orleans Mint. Nicely toned. NGC XF-45." This type was struck 1741-74 during the reign of Louis XV; it is reasonably common but most dates (including this one) are rare. The "R" mintmark is recorded for 1741-44, 1755-60 and 1764 but none of the issues seem to be common.
Recorded mintage: 9,960.
Specification: 14.74 g, .917 fine silver, edge lettered DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM, obverse legend LUD.XV.D.G.FR.ET NAV.REX.
Catalog reference: KM-516.17 (date unlisted), Dr/4 no. 828.
- 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.
- Ponterio, Richard, and Kent Ponterio, Ponterio sale 152: The 2010 NYINC Auction, Irvine, CA: Bowers and Merena, 2009.