France 1786-L 1/2 ecu

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Sincona sale 47, lot 1681
This specimen was lot 1681 in Sincona sale 47 (Zurich, May 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANKREICH, Konigreich, Louis XVI. 1774-1792. 1/2 Ecu 1786, L, Bayonne. Jahreszahl umgeschnitten. Von grosser Seltenheit. Fast sehr schön. (kingdom of France, Louis XVI, 1774-92, half écu of 1786, Bayonne mint, unlisted date. Of high rarity, About very fine.)"
This date of the demi écu au buste habillé struck 1774-1792 is listed but not priced in Droulers[2]. Perpignan is the only other mint which produced demi-écus in 1786. The Bayonne mint issued this type 1775-83, 1786, 1788-89.

Recorded mintage: 5,395.

Specification: 14.74 g, .917 fine silver, 30.5 mm diameter, this specimen 14.37 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: Gad-355, Dr/2 no. 618, Dr/4 no. 885, KM 562.7.


  • [2]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 2nd édition. Paris: AFPN, 1998.
  • 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.
  • Richter, Jürg, Auction 47, World Coins and Medals, Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2018

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