France 1781-A 1/2 ecu

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Sincona sale 20, lot 2741

This specimen was lot 2741 in Sincona sale 20 (Zurich, October 2014), where it sold for CHF 250 (about US$313 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted, "1/2 Ecu aux lauriers 1781. Paris Fast vorzüglich. (France, half écu of the laurel wreath of 1781, Paris mint, nice extremely fine.)" Droulers[2] notes this date as somewhat scarce, priced about 50% higher than the common date (1791-A).

Recorded mintage: 10,492.

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


  • 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 ("A" for Paris) is at the bottom, between "DOMINI" and "BENEDICTUM."

Catalog reference: Duplessy 1709. Gadoury 355, Dr/2 no. 618, Dr/4 no. 885, KM 562.1.


  • [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]Richter, Jürg, Numismatic Coins & Medals: Auction 20, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2014.

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