France 1653-G 1/2 ecu

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
France 1653G demi ecu rev DSLR.jpg

The specimen shown is a demi-écu a la mèche longue (half ecu with the long hair) from the Poitiers mint. It is one of a series struck 1646-60 from numerous mints and varies from the earlier half écu a la mèche courte by the length of the lock of hair over the king's ear. Its face value in France at the time of issue was 30 sols tournois. The type is common but this date is priced[1] slightly higher than the most common date (1652-G).

Recorded mintage: 439,627[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.


  • [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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.

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