France 1760-W 1/2 ecu

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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from the Razorback Collection
France 1760W demi ecu rev Raz.jpg

This specimen is one of a type was struck 1741-74 during the reign of Louis XV of France; the demi-écu au bandeau is reasonably common but most dates (including this one) are rare. The "W" mintmark (for Lille) is recorded for 1741-42, 1744-63 and 1766; some of the issues are common but the 1760 is rare.

Recorded mintage: 7,138.

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-516.21, 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.

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