France 1780-W 1/2 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 112, lot 1255
France 1780W demiecu rev JElsen 112-1255.jpg
the same specimen
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This specimen was lot 1255 in Jean Elsen sale 112 (Brussels, March 2012) where it sold for € 145 (about US$227 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"FRANCE ROYALE, Louis XVI (1774-1793), AR demi-écu aux rameaux d'olivier, 1780 W, Lille. Droit: B. habillé à gauche, les cheveux noués par un ruban. Revers : Ecu de France couronné, entre deux rameaux d'olivier. Belle patine. Très Beau à Superbe. (Kingdom of France, Louis XVI, silver half écu of 1780, Lille mint. Obverse: uniformed bust to left with hair tied in a ribbon; reverse: crowned arms of France between two olive branches. Nice toning, very fine to extremely fine.)"
Droulers[2] notes this date as common.

Recorded mintage: 146,744.

Specification: Silver, .917 fine, 14.74 g, 30.5 mm diameter, this specimen 14.50 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 ("W" for Lille) is at the bottom, between "DOMINI" and "BENEDICTUM."

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

Source:

  • [2]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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, Vente Publique 112, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses fils, S.A., 2012.

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