France 1656-L 1/2 ecu
The specimen shown is a demi-écu à la mèche longue (half écu of the long lock) struck in Bayonne during the minority of Louis XIV of France (r. 1643-1715). It was lot 1261 in Jean Elsen sale 85 (Brussels, September 2005), where it did not sell. 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 priced about 50% more than the common date (1652-G). The weak strike shown on this specimen is very typical for the period.
Recorded mintage: 91,510.
Specification: 13.72 g, .917 fine silver, 31-32 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Jean Warin.
Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 527, Dr/2 no. 301.
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- 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.