France 1653-& ecu

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Sincona sale 57, lot 2892
This specimen was lot 2892 in Sincona sale 57 (Zurich, May 2019), where it sold for 300 CHF (about US$357 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"Louis XIV. 1643-1715. Ecu à la mèche longue 1653, Aix. Gutes sehr schön. Kleine Stempelfehler. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, écu of the long lock of 1653, Aix mint. Good very fine, Small die defects.)"
The specimen shown is an écu à la mèche longue struck in Aix during the reign of Louis XIV. Droulers[1] prices this date somewhat higher than the common date (1651-A).

Recorded mintage: 21,505[1].

Specification: 27.45 g, .917 fine silver, plain edge, designed by Jean Warin and Isaac Briot, this specimen 27.01 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 441, Dr/2 no. 298, KM 155.19, Gadoury 202, 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.
  • [2]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 54: Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2019.

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