France 1652-X ecu

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The specimen shown is a écu à la mèche longue struck at Amiens during the reign of Louis XIV of France. It was lot 1155 in CGB sale 31 (Paris, June 2007). The type was issued in large numbers 1646-54. Despite the low mintage, Droulers[1] prices this date about 35% more than the common 1652-A.

Recorded mintage: 144,185[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 155.17, 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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