France 1694-AA 1/2 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 146, lot 140
This specimen was lot 140 in Jean Elsen sale 146 (Brussels, November 2020), where it sold for €380 (about US$554 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR demi-écu aux palmes, 1694AA, Metz. 2e réformation. D/ B. cuir. à d. R/ Ecu de France rond, couronné, entre deux palmes. Gradé PCGS AU55. Très Beau à Superbe. Provient de la collection Teitgen, Paris, 26-28 octobre 2015, 900. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, silver half écu of the palms of 1694, Metz mint, second reformation. Obverse: cuirassed bust right; reverse: crowned round arms of France between two palms. Very Fine - Extremely Fine.)"
The demi-écu aux palmes was struck 1693-1701, the majority over older types. The first two years are common but the issues dwindled later. This is a better date.

Recorded mintage: unknown but all rf.

Specification: 13.72 g, .917 fine silver, 22-25 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVVM FAC REGEM, designed by Joseph Roëttiers.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 618, Dr/2 no. 412, Dupl. 1521A; Gad-185; L4L 260.

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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