France 1691-Ḿ 1/2 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 146, lot 125
This specimen was lot 125 in Jean Elsen sale 146 (Brussels, November 2020), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR demi-écu aux huit L, 1691M couronné, Metz. 1er type. 1e réformation. D/ B. dr. à d. R/ Croix formée de huit L couronnés, cantonnés de quatre lis. Gradé PCGS VF25. Beau à Très Beau/Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, half écu with eight L's of 1691, Metz mint, crowned M mintmark, first type, first reformation. Obverse: draped bust right; reverse: cross formed of eight crowned L's, cantonned with four lilies. Fine - Very Fine/Very Fine.)"
This rare date is known only struck over earlier issues. In fact, the Metz mint was opened for the purpose of "reforming" older coinage and not to strike new bullion.

Recorded mintage: unknown but all rf.

Specification: 13.72 g, .917 fine silver, 32-35 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVVM FAC REGEM, designed by Joseph Roëttiers.

Catalog reference: Duplessy 1515A. Dr/4 no. 616, Dr/2 no. 399; Gad-184.

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.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 146: Collection Anthony Lorrain Monnaies de Metz, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2020.

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