France 1648-H ecu

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from Jean Elsen sale 132, lot 767
This specimen was lot 767 in Jean Elsen sale 132 (Brussels, March 2017), where it sold for €120 (about US$152 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR écu à la mèche longue, 1648H, La Rochelle. D/ B. enfantin, l., dr. et cuir. à d. R/ Ecu de France couronné. Nettoyé. Les champs repolis. presque Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV (1643-1715), silver écu of the long hair of 1648, La Rochelle mint. Obverse: laureate, draped infant bust to right; reverse: crowned arms of France. Polished, about very fine.)"
The specimen shown is an écu à la mèche longue struck in La Rochelle during the reign of Louis XIV. La Rochelle struck this type 1646-53.

Recorded mintage: 8,675 (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 26,75 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.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1600-1700, Galesburg, IL, 1974.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 132, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2017.

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