France 1694-X 1/2 ecu

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale, lot 22504
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This specimen was lot 22504 in Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $288. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. 1/2 Ecu, 1694-X. Amiens mint. Louis XIV (1643-1715). NGC MS-62. Overstruck on the previous issue of 1690-93 from the Paris mint. Well struck and lustrous." The specimen shown is a demi-écu aux palmes ("half écu with palms") struck in Amiens during the reign of Louis XIV of France. This type was struck 1693-1701 in large quantities, mostly overstriking older half écus ("flans reformés"). It was succeeded by the demi-écu aux insignes. Droulers[2] notes this date as common. Lettered edging was introduced to the half écu about 1686.

Reported Mintage: 825,035 (all on reformed blanks).

Specification: 13.72 g, .917 fine silver, 31-32 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Jean Warin.

Catalog reference: KM 295.22, Dr/4 no. 618, Dr/2 no. 412, Gad-185.


  • [2]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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio, John Kraljevich and Cris Chatigny, The January 2018 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, featuring the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.

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