France 1654-9 1/2 ecu
This specimen was lot 10211 in Ponterio sale 169 (Baltimore, November 2012), where it sold for $382. The catalog description noted, "FRANCE. 1/2 Ecu, 1654-59. Rennes Mint. Louis XIV. Lightly toned. Lustrous. ALMOST UNCIRCULATED. From the Estate of Michael K. Ringo." The specimen shown is a demi-écu à la mèche longue (half écu of the long lock) struck in Rennes during the minority of Louis XIV of France (r. 1643-1715). This is a "long lock" variety. The "short lock" variety, struck 1643-52, is distinguished by the shorter lock of hair growing in front of the young king's ear. This date is scarce and is priced in Droulers about double the common date such as 1649-A.
Recorded mintage: 36,591.
Specification: 13.72 g, .917 fine silver, 31-32 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Jean Warin.
Catalog reference: Gad-169, Dr/4 no. 527, Dr/2 no. 301, KM-164.24.
- 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.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 169: The November 2012 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2012.