France 1642-A 1/12 ecu
This specimen was lot 72180 in Stack's Bowers Collectors Choice Online Auction (Santa Ana, CA, May 2017), where it sold for $352.50. The catalog description noted, "FRANCE. 1/12 Ecu, 1642-A. Louis XIII (1610-43). NGC AU-55. Point. Sharply struck with light toning and good underlying luster." This specimen is a douziéme d'écu (1/12 écu) struck in Paris at the end of the reign of Louis XIII (r. 1610-43). It is a product of a major reform of French coinage which attempted to abolish hammered coinage once and for all. In this the regime was not successful, but large quantities of these handsome coins were released 1641-43 and the type is reasonably available today. The issues of 1642 come with either a draped bust of the king (shown here) or a draped and armored bust. All are Paris mint except for a small issue from Lyon in 1643. The last hammered quarter écu listed is dated 1652.
Recorded mintage: 107,069 (draped bust, shown here) plus 570,858 (draped and armored bust, point on reverse) plus 1,336,339 (draped and armored bust, rose and star after REX).
Specification: 2.28 g, .917 fine silver, 20 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Jean Warin and Isaac Briot.
Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 129 (draped bust); Dr/4 no. 130 (draped and armored bust), KM-132.1.
- 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.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Ponterio, Rick, et al., The May 2017 Collector's Choice Sale, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.