France 1711-A 1/2 ecu

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from Sincona sale 11, lot 1324
from the Mountain Groan Collection
France 1711A demi-ecu rev DSLR.jpg
This specimen was lot 1324 in Sincona sale 11 (Zurich, May 2013), where it sold for 80 CHF (about US$99 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANKREICH Louis XIV. 1643-1715. 1/2 Ecu aux trois couronnes 1711, Paris. Sehr schön. (France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, half écu of the three crowns of 1711, Paris mint, very fine.)"
This is the last type of half écu struck during the French Sun King's life. The type was struck 1709-15 in substantial numbers. There are also 1/10, 1/4 and one écus struck during this period with this design. This is a common date for the type.

Recorded mintage: 1,735,884[2].

Specification: 15.30 g, .917 fine silver, 32-35 mm diameter, edge lettered DOMINE SALVUM FAC REGEM, designed by Norbert Roëttiers. This specimen is 14.98 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 632, Dr/2 no. 452, KM 386.1, Duplessy 1569, Gad-199.


  • [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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Guilloteau, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, Colonies 1670-1942 et Metropole 1774-1942, Versailles, 1942.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals & Banknotes, Auction 11, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2013.

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