France 1646-MA 1/4 ecu

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Sincona sale 47, lot 1650
This specimen was lot 1650 in Sincona sale 47 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 1,100 CHF (about US$1,320 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANKREICH, Konigreich, Louis XIV. 1643-1715. 1/4 Ecu 1646, Marseilles. Selten. Gutes sehr schön. Flaue Stellen. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, quarter écu of 1646, Marseilles mint. Rare, Good very fine, Some weakly struck areas.)"
This is a quart d'écu struck by the hammer at Marseilles at the beginning of the reign of Louis XIV. Milled quart d'écu à la meche longue (6.86 g, .917 fine) were also struck in 1646 at Paris (A) and four other mints. Under Henry III, it had a face value of fifteen sols tournois, by 1645, its value had risen to 21 sols tournois.

Recorded mintage: 58,514, common for type.

Specification: 9.71 g, .917 fine silver, plain edge; this specimen 9.60 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 428, Dr/2 no. 280 (king's name on cross side), Gadoury 136.


  • [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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Auction 47, World Coins and Medals, Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2018

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