France 1789-A 1/2 ecu

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The 1789-A demi écu au buste habillé of France is among the more common dates of the type "demi écu au buste habillé" struck 1774-1792. Droulers[1] does not give the mintage, stating only "fr. assez imp.", meaning "rather common."

Recorded mintage: unknown but common.

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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