Monaco 1653 ecu Dav-4306

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Jean Elsen sale 139, lot 1035
This specimen was lot 1035 in Jean Elsen sale 139 (Brussels, December 2018), where it sold for €1,700 (about US$2,269 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"MONACO, Honoré II (1604-1662), AR écu (60 sols), 1653. Rosette initiale. D/ B. dr. et cuir. à d. R/ Ecu couronné, avec la devise DEO· IVVANTE·. Rare Flan large. Très Beau. (principality of Monaco, Honoré II, 1604-62, silver écu of sixty sols of 1653, rose privy mark. Obverse: draped and armored bust to right; reverse: crowned arms with the motto DEO JUVANTE; rare, large planchet, Very Fine.)"
The prince of Monaco issued an extensive series of coinage, from copper double tournois to one écu, mostly imitations of the neighboring French coinage. Today, it is all scarce to rare. This type is noted for 1652-53.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27 g, silver; this specimen is 25,14 g.

Catalog reference: Gad. 30, KM 23, Dav-4306.


  • 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]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 139, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2018.

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