France 1643-A 1/4 ecu

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Ponterio sale 168, lot 50408
France 1643A quart ecu rev Ponterio 168-50408.jpg

The specimen shown is a quart d'écu à la mèche courte struck in Paris at the Monnaie du Louvre during the minority of Louis XIV of France (r. 1643-1715). This is a "short lock" variety. The "long lock" variety, struck 1646-60, is distinguished by the longer lock of hair growing in front of the young king's ear. Altho the "short lock" variety was struck only three years, about seven million were minted in that time, so the type is not rare. This specimen was lot 50408 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $446. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. 1/4 Ecu, 1643-A. NGC MS-61. Louis XIV (1643-1715). Point after date. Lightly toned. NGC MS-61." The variety with the rose after the date is slightly scarcer.

Recorded mintage: 666,682 (variety with dot after date) plus 111,965 with rose mintmark.

Specification: 6.86 g, .917 fine silver, 27-29 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Isaac Briot.

Catalog reference: KM-134.1; Gad-139, Dr/4 no. 645A, Dr/2 no. 296.


  • 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, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.

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