France 1651-A ecu

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CNG Lissner sale, lot 261

This specimen was lot 261 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $1,694. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE, Louis XIV le Roi Soleil (the Sun King). 1643–1715. AR Écu à la mèche longue. Paris mint; différent: rose. Dated 1651 A. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 63. Lightly toned and very nice surfaces. A very nice example of Louis XIV [écu] à la mèche longue. Purchased from Joe Elliott, October 1972." This is a common date of a type struck at numerous mints 1646-54. The écu would be struck until the end of the ancien régime in 1792.

Recorded mintage: est. 1,414,150.

Specification: 27.45 g, .917 fine silver, 39-41 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by J. Warin, this specimen 39 mm diameter, 27.39 g, 6h axis.

Catalog reference: Dav-3799, Duplessy 1469; Ciani 1849; KM 155.1, Dr/4 no. 441, Dr/2 no. 298.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • [1]Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.

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