France 1659-F 1/2 ecu

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photo courtesy Wm. Rosenblum

The specimen shown is a demi-écu à la mèche longue struck at Angers during the reign of Louis XIV of France. It was from a recent William Rosenblum sale (Littleton, CO, February 2012), where it sold for $240. Droulers[1] prices this date about 80% more than the common 1655-A. The Angers mint closed in 1661.

Recorded mintage: 23,289[1].

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

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 527, Dr/2 no. 301, KM 164.


  • [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.
  • 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.

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