France 1693-S 1/2 ecu

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 Collector's Choice sale, lot 70462
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from the Stacks Bowers 2018 ANA sale, lot 20401
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The first specimen was lot 70462 in Stack's Bowers Collector's Choice sale (Santa Ana, CA, May 2018), where it sold for $840. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE. 1/2 Ecu, 1693-S. Troyes Mint. Louis XIV (1643-1715). NGC MS-63. Struck over earlier type, most noticeable on the obverse bust. Lustrous with light attractive tone showing traces of orange and russet at periphery." This specimen was lot 20401 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description[3] noted, "FRANCE. 1/2 Ecu, 1693-S. Troyes Mint. Louis XIV (1643-1715). Maintaining choice surfaces for this early issue with frost in the fields that produces dazzling luster and outer edges that hold just a hint of attractive tone. Struck over an earlier type with significant portions of the underlying design showing through." The specimen shown is an demi-écu aux palmes ("half écu with palms") struck in Reims (not Troyes, which used a crowned "S" mintmark in 1693) during the reign of Louis XIV. This type was struck 1693-1701 in large quantities, mostly overstriking older écus ("flans reformés"--see the specimen shown for the visible undertype). It was succeeded by the demi-écu aux insignes. Droulers[1] prices this date as common, but even a common date is priced 20% higher than a demi-écu à la mèche longue. A few of the prior type, the demi-écu aux 8 L, were also made in Reims in 1693.

Recorded mintage: unknown but all flans reformés plus 27,947 of the demi-écu aux 8 L.

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

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 618, Dr/2 no. 412, KM-295.18; Gad-185.


  • [1]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.
  • [2]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The May 2018 Collector's Choice Sale, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.
  • [3]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The August 2018 Philadelphia ANA Auction: World Coins and Selections from the El Dorado Collection of Colombian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.

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