France 1643-A 1/2 ecu
This specimen is a demi-écu struck in Paris at the end of the reign of Louis XIII of France (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. All are Paris mint except for a small issue from Lyon in 1643. The last hammered quarter écu listed is dated 1652.
Recorded mintage: 1,625,000.
Specification: 13.72 g, .917 fine silver, 29-34 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 123, Dr/2 no. 105, KM 135.1.
- 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.
- Bruce, Colin R., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 4th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2008.