France 1647-N 1/12 ecu

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
France 1647N 1-12 ecu rev DSLR.jpg

Shown is a 1/12 d'écu à la mèche longue struck 1646-60 during the minority of Louis XIV of France (r. 1643-1715). Typically crummy looking coin from the Montpellier mint. Crude diework and bad strikes predominated at this mint, which struck this type 1647-53 and 1658-60. Droulers[1] prices this date about 87% higher than the common date (1653-A).

Recorded mintage: 110,737.

Specification: 2.28 g, .917 fine silver, 19-20 mm diameter, designed by Jean Warin.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 724, Dr/2 no. 307.


  • [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.

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