France 1652-B 1/2 ecu

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from the Stacks Bowers 2018 ANA sale, lot 22351
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This specimen was lot 22351 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $360. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE. 1/2 Ecu, 1652-B. Rouen Mint. Louis XIV (1643-1715). NGC AU-58. Well struck and wholesome throughout with the faintest wisp of friction over the highest portions of the designs that prevents Mint State certification." The specimen shown is a demi-écu a la mèche longue (half ecu with the long hair) from the Rouen mint. It is one of a series struck 1646-60 from numerous mints and varies from the earlier demi-écu a la mèche courte by the length of the lock of hair over the king's ear. Its face value at the time of issue in France was thirty sols tournois. The type is common.

Recorded mintage: est. 682,395[1], a common date.

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

Catalog reference: KM-164.3; Gad-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.
  • 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.
  • [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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