France 1790-AA 1/2 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 117, lot 1776
France 1790AA demi ecu rev JElsen 117-1776.jpg
This specimen was lot 1776 in Jean Elsen sale 117 (Brussels, June 2013), where it sold for €180 (about US$284 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XVI (1774-1793), AR demi-écu aux rameaux d'olivier, 1790 AA, Metz. Droit: B. habillé à gauche, les cheveux noués par un ruban. Revers: Ecu de France couronné, entre deux rameaux d'olivier. Rare. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XVI (1774-93), silver half ecu of the olive brance of 1790, Metz mint. Obverse: uniformed bust to left, hear tied in a ribbon; reverse: crowned arms of France between two olive branches. Rare, very fine.)"
This half écu was issued in Metz during the reign of Louis XVI of France. The mintages 1775-1783 are mostly small but 1790-A and 1791-A are the most common dates. This is the only date for this type from this mint.

Recorded mintage: unknown but scarce.

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

Catalog reference: Dupl-1709; Ci-2189; Gad-355.

Source:

  • Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, Vente Publique 117: Collection Jean-Jacques Symoens, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses fils, S.A., 2013.

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