France 1649-G 1/2 ecu

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Heritage sale 3024, lot 23807
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. It was lot 23807 in Heritage sale 3024 (Chicago, April 2013), where it sold for $822.50. The catalog description[2] noted, "Louis XIIII 1/2 Ecu 1649-G, Poitiers Mint, MS63 NGC, subtle silvery-gray toning with full mint luster, scarce and attractive grade for this early series." Droulers[1] prices this date about 40% higher than the common date (1655-A).

Recorded mintage: 416,958[1].

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

Catalog reference: KM 164.8, 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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