France 1657-& 1/12 ecu

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The specimen shown is a twelth écu à la mèche longue struck at Aix during the reign of Louis XIV of France. It was lot 1358 in CGB sale 31 (Paris, June 2007). The type was issued 1646-60 and is common. Droulers[1] prices this date about 15% more than the common 1658-N.

Recorded mintage: 148,291[1].

Specification: 2.28 g, .917 fine silver, 20 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Jean Warin.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 724, Dr/2 no. 307, KM 166.22.


  • [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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.

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