France 1652-B ecu

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The specimen shown is a écu à la mèche longue struck at Rouen during the reign of Louis XIV of France. It was lot 1144 in CGB sale 31 (Paris, June 2007). The type was issued in large numbers 1646-54. Droulers[1] prices this date about 10% more than the common 1652-A.

Recorded mintage: 589,603[1].

Specification: 27.45 g, .917 fine silver, 39-41 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Jean Warin.

Catalog reference: 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.

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