France 1649-H 1/2 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 87, lot 2107
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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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The specimen shown is a demi-écu à la mèche longue (half écu of the long lock) struck in La Rochelle during the minority of Louis XIV of France (r. 1643-1715). This is a "long lock" variety. The "short lock" variety, struck 1643-52, is distinguished by the shorter lock of hair growing in front of the young king's ear. This date is scarce and is priced in Droulers[1] about double the common date such as 1649-A. Instead of using the standard obverse legend "LVD.XIIII.D.G. FR.ET.NAV.REX," the La Rochelle mint used "LVD.XIIII.D.G. FR.ET.NA.REX" during 1647-56.

Recorded mintage: 23,199[1].

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

Catalog reference: 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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.

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