France 1651-H 1/2 ecu

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Sincona sale 43, lot 2199
This specimen was lot 2199 in Sincona sale 43 (Zurich, October 2017), where it sold for 625 CHF (about US$746 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"France, Louis XIV. 1643-1715 1/2 Ecu à la mèche longue 1651 H. La Rochelle. Selten in dieser Erhaltung. Fast FDC. NGC MS63. (France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, half écu of the long lock of 1651, La Rochelle mint. Rare in this condition, About uncirculated.)"
The specimen shown is a demi-écu à la mèche longue (half ecu with the long hair) from the La Rochelle mint. It is one of a series struck 1646-60 from numerous mints in France and varies from the earlier half écu à la mèche courte by the length of the lock of hair over the king's ear. Its face value at the time of issue was 30 sols tournois. The type is common as is this date, despite the low reported mintage, which may have been falsified.

Recorded mintage: 13,202[1].

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

Catalog reference: Gadoury 169, 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.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [2]Richter, Jürg, Sincona sale 43, Gold and Silver Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017

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