France 1657-V ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 1236
This specimen was lot 1236 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it sold for €750 (about US$994 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR écu de Navarre à la mèche longue, 1657V, Saint-Palais. D/ B. enfantin, l., dr. et cuir. à d. R/ Ecu couronné, parti de France et Navarre. Rare. Très Beau à Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, silver écu of Navarre of the long lock of 1657, St. Palais mint. Obverse: laureate, draped and armored infant bust right; reverse: crowned arms of France and Navarre. Rare, Very Fine - Extremely Fine.)"
The specimen shown is an écu de France et de Navarre à la mèche longue struck in St.-Palais during the reign of Louis XIV. This coin is a typical product of this mint in Béarn, where crude diework and bad strikes predominated. The reverse shows the arms of France impaled with the arms of Navarre. St. Palais struck this type 1652-62; the "V" is not a mintmark but the initial of the mintmaster, Etienne Verdoye. Droulers prices this date about four times a typical écu à la mèche longue.

Recorded mintage: 71,552, a somewhat better date.

Specification: 27.45 g, .917 fine silver, 39-41 mm diameter, plain edge, this specimen 27,10 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 442, Dr/2 no. 299, Dav-3800, Dupl-1473; Gad-203, KM 180.

Source:

  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • 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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 141, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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