France 1649-A 1/4 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 1234
from the Mountain Groan Collection
France 1649A quart ecu rev DSLR.jpg
This specimen was lot 1234 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it sold for €280 (about US$371 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR quart d'écu à la mèche longue, 1649A, Paris. D/ B. enfantin, l., dr. et cuir. à d. R/ Ecu de France couronné. Belle patine. Très Beau à Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, silver quarter écu of the long lock of 1649, Paris mint. Obverse: laureate, draped and armored infant bust right; reverse: crowned arms of France. Nice patina, Very Fine - Extremely Fine.)"
The type was struck 1646-60 at numerous mints but never in the numbers of the 1/12 écu, half écu or écu. Droulers prices this date about 25% higher than the common date (such as 1652-A).

Recorded mintage: 71,552, a somewhat better date.

Specification: 6.68 g, .917 fine silver, 27 mm diameter, plain edge, this specimen 6,81 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 646, Dr/2 no. 304, KM 162.1, Dupl-1471; Gad-140.

Source:

  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 141, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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