France 1652-V ecu

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Sincona sale 18, lot 2158
This specimen was lot 2158 in Sincona sale 18 (Zurich, May 2014), where it sold for CHF 275 (about US$362 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"Ecu de Béarn à la mèche longue 1652. Troyes Fast sehr schön-sehr schön. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, écu de Béarn à la mèche longue of 1652, Troyes mint (sic). Good very fine.)"
The specimen shown is an écu de France et de Navarre à la mèche longue struck in St.-Palais (not Troyes, as stated) during the reign of Louis XIV. This coin is a typical product of this mint in Béarn, where crude diework and bad strikes predominated. The reverse shows the arms of France impaled with the arms of Navarre. St. Palais struck this type 1652-62; the "V" is not a mintmark but the initial of the mintmaster, Etienne Verdoye. Droulers[1] prices this date about four times a typical écu à la mèche longue.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.45 g, .917 fine silver, 39-41 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by J. B. Dufour or François Warin; this specimen 26.70 g.

Catalog reference: Duplessy 1477. Dav-3800, Dr/4 no. 442.


  • 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.
  • [1]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • [2]Numismatic Coins, Medals, & Banknotes: Auction 18, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2014.

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