France 1651-B ecu

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from the Stacks Bowers 2018 ANA sale, lot 20391
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This specimen was lot 20391 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE. Ecu, 1651-B. Rouen Mint. Louis XIV (1643-1715). NGC AU-55. Struck at the Rouen mint, this example is above average for the type, showcasing a strong strike that has left almost no adjustment marks in the planchet and an attractive blend of gray and gold tone that includes a touch of green color on the reverse. The presence of almost no marks makes this piece as wholesome for the grade as one is bound to find." 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.

Recorded mintage: est. 447,922[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 155.2, 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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