France 1644-A 1/4 ecu

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
France 1645A quartecu rev 600.jpg

The specimen shown is a quart d'écu à la mèche courte struck in Paris at the Monnaie du Louvre during the minority of Louis XIV of France (r. 1643-1715). This is a "short lock" variety. The "long lock" variety, struck 1646-60, is distinguished by the longer lock of hair growing in front of the young king's ear. Altho the "short lock" variety was struck only three years, about seven million were minted in that time, so the type is not rare.

Recorded mintage: 1,844,616 (variety with dot after date).

Specification: 6.86 g, .917 fine silver, 27-29 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Isaac Briot.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 645A, Dr/2 no. 296.


  • 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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.

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