France 1670-9 ecu

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Sincona sale 18, lot 2160
This specimen was lot 2160 in Sincona sale 18 (Zurich, May 2014), where it sold for CHF 380 (about US$501 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Ecu au buste juvénile 1670. Rennes Fast sehr schön-gutes sehr schön. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, écu of the juvenile bust of 1670, Rennes mint, nice very fine.)"
The specimen shown is a écu au buste juvénile struck at the Rennes mint during the reign of Louis XIV of France. Droulers[1] devotes catalog numbers 444 thru 449 to describe the numerous variations of this bust, introduced in 1659 when the king was 21 years old. This issue is one of the available dates of the type but it is priced over triple the écu à la mèche longue. Altho the succeeding bust, the écu à la cravate, was introduced in 1672, écus juvéniles are known dated as late as 1680.

Recorded mintage: 670,577 approx.

Specification: 27.45 g, .917 fine silver, 38-41 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by J. B. Dufour or François Warin; this specimen 27.03 g.

Catalog reference: Duplessy 1483. Dav-3802, Dr/4 no. 447 and 449.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1600-1700, Galesburg, IL, 1974.
  • [1]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • [2]Numismatic Coins, Medals, & Banknotes: Auction 18, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2014.

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