France 1655-X 1/4 ecu

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the same specimen, from the Mountain Groan Collection
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This is a quart d'écu à la mèche longue (1/4 écu, "long lock") struck at the Amiens mint (mintmark "X") during the minority of king Louis XIV of France (r. 1643-1715). The type was struck 1646-60 at numerous mints but never in the numbers of the 1/12 écu, 1/2 écu or écu. Droulers[1] prices this date about 60% higher than the common date (such as 1654'9').

Recorded mintage: 20,542.

Specification: 6.86 g, .917 fine silver, 27 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Jean Warin.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 646, Dr/2 no. 304.

Source:

  • [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.

Link to:

[[Category: Silver minors of France]