France 1661-Z 1/12 ecu

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Ponterio sale 152, lot 7652
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates
the same specimen, from the Mountain Groan Collection
France 1661Z 1-12 ecu rev DSLR.jpg

This specimen was lot 7652 in Ponterio sale 152 (New York, January 2010), where it sold for $414. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. 1/12 Ecu DU DAUPHINE, 1661-Z. Louis XIV (1643-1715). RARE condition. Bold VERY FINE+." This very scarce type was struck at the Grenoble mint 1660-62. It uses a different reverse from the other mints, having the dolphins of Dauphiné quartered with the lilies of France. The Grenoble mint operated until 1771 but its products are generally scarce.

Recorded mintage: 55,404[2].

Specification: 2.29 g, .917 fine silver, 19-20 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Jean Warin.

Catalog reference: Gad-116; KM-210, Dr/4 no. 732, Dr/2 no. 319.


  • [2]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.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, and Kent Ponterio, Ponterio sale 152: The 2010 NYINC Auction, Irvine, CA: Bowers and Merena, 2009.

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