France 1652-C ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 94, lot 1414
France 1652C ecu rev JElsen 94-1414.jpg

The specimen shown is an écu à la mèche longue struck in Saint Lô during the reign of Louis XIV of France. It was lot 1414 in Jean Elsen sale 94 (Brussels, December 2007), where it sold for 220 euro. This mint struck this type 1648-49 and 1651-52 only and closed for good in 1656. In 1693 the "C" mintmark was assigned to the new mint at Caen. Droulers[1] prices this date about four times the common date (1651-A) and calls it a "frappe illégale," i.e., unauthorized by the government.

Recorded mintage: unknown but rare.

Specification: 27.45 g, .917 fine silver, plain edge, designed by Jean Warin and Isaac Briot.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 441, Dr/2 no. 298, KM 155.3 (unlisted date), 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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