France 1648-G ecu

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from Jean Elsen sale 134, lot 1693
This specimen was lot 1693 in Jean Elsen sale 134 (Brussels, September 2017), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR écu à la mèche longue, 1648G, Poitiers. D/ B. enfantin, l., dr. et cuir. à d. R/ Ecu de France couronné. Légère porosité du flan. Belle patine. Très Beau à Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, silver écu of the long hair of 1648, Poitiers mint. obverse: infant bust to right, laureate, draped and armored; reverse: crowned arms of France. Light porosity, nice patina, very fine to extremely fine.)"
The specimen shown is an écu à la mèche longue struck in Poitiers during the reign of Louis XIV. Poitiers struck this type 1647-48 and 1652. We don't see another issue of écus from this mint until 1690 altho production of demi-écus continued.

Recorded mintage: 17,172 (fairly common; Droulers[2] suggests fraud in the reported mintage).

Specification: 27.45 g, .917 fine silver, plain edge, designed by Jean Warin or Isaac Briot, this specimen 27,15 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 441, Dr/2 no. 298, Dupl. 1469; Gad. 202, Dav-3799.

Source:

  • [2]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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 134, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2017.

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