France 1741-A 1/2 ecu

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Steve Album sale 30, lot 1079
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This specimen was lot 1079 in Stephen Album sale 30 (Santa Rosa, CA, January 2018), where it sold for $822.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE: Louis XV, 1715-1774, AR ½ écu, Paris, 1741-A, attractive golden toning, very light wear, lightly cleaned, NGC 'AU details surface hairlines'. A one-year-type of fine style with high relief bust, very scarce in good grade." This coin, called a demi-écu au bandeau, was the French equivalent of a half dollar. In the coinage system of the ancien régime, the half écu = three livres. The type was struck 1741-74 and Paris contributed nearly every year.

Recorded mintage: unknown[1].

Specification: 14.74 g, .917 fine silver, 31-33 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by J.-C. Röettiers.

Catalog reference: KM-516.1, Dr/2 no. 585, Dr/4 no. 828


  • [1]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [2]Album, Stephen, Joseph Lang, Paul Montz, Michael Barry and Norman Douglas Nicol, Auction 30, featuring the George Anderson Collection of Tibetan Coins, the Dr. John W. Lund Collection of Swedish Coins and the Mike Edwards Collection, Santa Rosa, CA: Stephen Album Rare Coins, Inc., 2018.

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