France 1777-T 1/2 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 112, lot 1254
France 1777T demiecu rev JElsen 112-1254.jpg
The 1777-T demi écu au buste habillé of France is a better date of the type struck 1774-1792. Droulers[1] notes this mint for 1775-85, 1787, 1789-91 with no common dates. This specimen was lot 1254 in Jean Elsen sale 112 (Brussels, March 2012) where it sold for € 650 (about US$1,016 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"FRANCE ROYALE, Louis XVI (1774-1793), AR demi-écu aux rameaux d'olivier, 1777 T, Nantes. Droit : B. habillé à gauche, les cheveux noués par un ruban. Revers : Ecu de France couronné, entre deux rameaux d'olivier. Rare. Petits coups sur la tranche. Belle patine. Très Beau. (Kingdom of France, Louis XVI, silver half écu of 1777, Nantes mint. Obverse: uniformed bust to left with hair tied in a ribbon; reverse: crowned arms of France between two olive branches. Rare, tiny rim nicks, nice toning, very Fine.)"

Recorded mintage: 9,145.

Specification: Silver, .917 fine, 14.74 g, 30.5 mm diameter; this specimen 14.51 g.

Design:

  • Obverse: uniformed and peruked bust of Louis XVI facing left, legend LUD XVI D. G. FR. ET NAV. REX. (Louis XVI, by the grace of God, king of France and Navarre).
  • Reverse: oval arms of France, crowned, with olive branches around, legend SIT NOMEN DOMINI BENEDICTUM 1789. Edge engraved, "DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM," Latin for "God save the king." The mintmark ("T" for Nantes) is at the bottom, between "DOMINI" and "BENEDICTUM."

Catalog reference: Gad-355; Dupl-1709, Dr/2 no. 618, Dr/4 no. 885, KM 562.1.

Source:

  • [1]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 2nd édition. Paris: AFPN, 1998.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [2]Elsen, Philippe, Vente Publique 112, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses fils, S.A., 2012.

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