Monaco 1653 1/2 ecu
This specimen was lot 30375 in Heritage sale 3037 (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $881.25. The catalog description noted, "Honore II 1/2 Ecu (30 Sols) 1653 VF20 NGC. Featuring the modified bust of Honore II and crowned coat of arms with the motto of Grimaldi. A nice, one-year type, incredibly rare and with handsomely aged patina." The SCWC lists demi-écus for Monaco, struck in various styles, for 1648-83. All are scarce and most are rare.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 13.55 g, .917 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM 22.2.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage Signature Auction 3037, featuring the Empire, the Santa Catarina, the Law and the Santa Maria Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.