France 1662-9 1/2 ecu

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale, lot 22498
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This specimen was lot 22498 in Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $192. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. 1/2 Ecu, 1662-(9). Rennes Mint. Louis XIV (1643-1715). NGC AU Details--Scratches. Light adjustment marks on obverse, nice strike, toned." The specimen shown is a demi-écu juvénile, struck at Rennes during the reign of Louis XIV of France. Droulers[2] devotes catalog numbers 530 thru 557 to describe the numerous variations of this bust, introduced in 1659 when the king was 21 years old. This issue is one of the common dates of the type but it is still priced over double a common date demi-écu à la mèche longue.

Reported Mintage: 287,684.

Specification: 13.72 g, .917 fine silver, 31-32 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Jean Warin.

Catalog reference: KM-202.16; Gad-174; Dupl-1484; Ciani-1863, Dr/4 no. 542, Dr/2 no. 316.


  • [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.
  • 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.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio, John Kraljevich and Cris Chatigny, The January 2018 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, featuring the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.

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