France 1649-N ecu

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from the Stacks Bowers 2018 ANA sale, lot 20390
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This specimen was lot 20390 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $1,800. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE. Ecu, 1649-N. Montpellier Mint. Louis XIV (1643-1715). NGC MS-62. Struck at the Montpellier mint and in French, identified as an écu à la meche longue. Listed as a common date, this mint is notorious for bad strikes on crummy planchets. This example is an astounding exception, with original toning, no trace of adjustment marks and faint evidence of clashed dies on the reverse. Worthy of a strong premium as such." The type was issued in large numbers 1646-54. Despite the low mintage, Droulers[1] prices this date about 5% more than the common 1652-A.

Recorded mintage: 63,988[1].

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

Catalog reference: Gad-202; Dr/5 no. 391, Dr/4 no. 441, Dr/2 no. 298, KM 155.12, Dav-3799.


  • [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]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The August 2018 Philadelphia ANA Auction: World Coins and Selections from the El Dorado Collection of Colombian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.

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