France 1658-V ecu
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. This specimen was lot 29668 in Heritage sale 3040 (Long Beach, April 2015), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "Louis XIV Ecu de Navarre à la mèche longue 1658 AU55 NGC, St. Palais mint. A wholly original issue with minimal wear and an attractive amount of brightness within the protected areas. Reverse adjustment marks through the shield are fairly common for the type and not as disruptive as most encountered. Somewhat of a crudely made issue, scarce in this state of preservation."
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 27.45 g, .917 fine silver, 39-41 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Jean Warin.
Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 442, Dr/2 no. 299, Gad-203, Dav-3800, KM 180.
- 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.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage Signature Auction 3040, featuring the Santa Maria, the Alan Dean and the Valley View Life Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.