France 1785-A 1/2 ecu

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The 1785-A demi écu au buste habillé of France is a somewhat scarce date of the type "demi écu au buste habillé" struck 1774-1792. Droulers[1] prices this date about 40% more than the common date (1790-A).

Recorded mintage: 28,750.

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

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

Catalog reference: 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.

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