France 1651-I 1/2 ecu

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
from the Mountain Groan Collection

The specimen shown is a demi-écu à la mèche longue (half ecu with the long hair) from the Limoges 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 but this date is priced[1] about double the most common date (1652-G).

Recorded mintage: 42,468[1].

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

Catalog reference: 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.
  • Krause, Chester L, and Clifford Mishler, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 1st ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1996.

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