France 1652-I 1/2 ecu

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
France 1652I demi ecu rev 600.jpg

The specimen shown is a demi-écu a 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 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 but this date is priced[1] about double the most common date (1652-G).

Recorded mintage: 45,978[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.

Source:

  • [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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.

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