France 1770-H 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 La Rochelle mint ("H") for 1741, 1744, 1747-67 and 1769-72. Most mintages were small and this date is priced about double a common date from Bayonne[1].

Recorded mintage: unknown.

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

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 828, Dr/2 no. 585, KM 516.

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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.

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