France 1644-D ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 145, lot 1108
This specimen was lot 1108 in Jean Elsen sale 145 (Brussels, September 2020), where it sold for €390 (about US$556 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR écu à la mèche courte, 1644D, Lyon. Point initial. D/ B. enfantin, l., dr. et cuir. à d. Petite étoile en fin de légende. R/ Ecu de France couronné. Rare Nettoyé. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, silver écu of the short lock of 1644, Lyon mint with initial dot. Obverse: laureate, draped and armored bust right, small star at the end of the legend; reverse: crowned arms of France. Rare, cleaned, Very Fine.)"
The écu à la mèche courte, struck 1643-45, was the first écu struck for Louis XIV, then an eight year old child. The type is fairly common altho the Lyon mint issue, the only branch mint to produce this type, is rare. The other branch mints began striking écus in 1646, with the introduction of the écu à la mèche longue.

Recorded mintage: 31,135.

Specification: 27.45 g, .917 fine silver, 39-41 mm diameter, plain edge, engraved by J. Warin, this specimen 27,33 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 440B, Dr/2 no. 294, KM-144.3, Dav-3798, Dupl-1461; Gad-201.

Source:

  • [2]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 2nd édition. Paris: AFPN, 1998.
  • 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.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed. London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 145, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2020.

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