France 1649-K ecu

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Heritage sale 3026, lot 24520
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This specimen was lot 24520 in Heritage sale 3026 (Long Beach, October 2013), where it sold for $1,292.50. The catalog description[2] noted, "Louis XIIII Ecu 1649-K, Bordeaux, MS62 NGC, fully struck with attractive toning, tiny natural flan clip at the top." The type was issued in large numbers 1646-54. Despite the low mintage, Droulers[1] prices this date about 25% more than the common 1652-A and comments,
"La fabrication clandestine considérable a Bordeaux comme à La Rochelle de 1647 a 1652 est particularierement interessante au plan historique et releve à la fois de la tradition et de la Fronde locale dénommée l'Ormée. L'argent était naturellement fourni par le roi d'Espagne et les états de fabrication officiels sont complétement falsifiés avec la complicité de tous les officiers et sur les ordres de Condé, des autorités bordelaises et du représentant parisien de la Fronde Lenet." (The clandestine mintage at Bordeaux, like that at La Rochelle 1647-52, is particularly interesting as it relates to the local Fronde called l'Ormée. The silver was furnished by the king of Spain and the mintage figures completely falsified with the complicity of the mint officers and on the orders of the Prince of Condé, the town authorities and Lenet, the Parisian representative.)

Recorded mintage: 20,989 reported but probably much higher[1].

Specification: 27.45 g, .917 fine silver, 39-41 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Jean Warin.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 441, Dr/2 no. 298, KM 155.9, Dav-3799.

Source:

  • [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.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1600-1700, Galesburg, IL, 1974.
  • [2]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3026, World & Ancient Coins, featuring the RLM Collection, Part Two, the Nogales Collection and the Goetz Medals Die Archive, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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