France 1649-9 1/2 ecu

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Heritage sale 3040, lot 29667
from Heritage Auction Galleries

The specimen shown is a demi-écu à la mèche longue struck at Poitiers during the reign of Louis XIV of France. This specimen was lot 29667 in Heritage sale 3040 (Chicago, April 2015), where it sold for $881.25. The catalog description[2] noted, "Louis XIV 1/2 Ecu 1649-(9) MS64 NGC, Rennes mint. A remarkable survivor with surfaces that are most appropriately described as "as struck." A hint of tone is detected, but blast-white luster dominates the appearance. In addition to being the finest example we have seen from a technical standpoint and the finest graded of the date, this coin is also currently the plate coin for the type in the NGC World Coin Price Guide." Droulers[1] prices this date about 40% higher than the common date (1655-A).

Recorded mintage: 266,731[1].

Specification: 13.72 g, .917 fine silver, 31-32 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Jean Warin.

Catalog reference: KM 164.24, Gad-169, Dr/4 no. 527, Dr/2 no. 301.


  • [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.
  • [2]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3024, featuring the Kairos and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collections, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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