France 1644-A ecu

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Ponterio sale 163, lot 23200
photo courtesy Stack's Bowers LLC
the same specimen, from the Mountain Groan Collection
France 1644A ecu rev DSLR.jpg

The specimen shown is an écu à la mèche courte struck at the Matignon workshop in Paris during the reign of Louis XIV. Droulers[1] prices this variety, with the rose on the reverse, as the most common of 1644. Louvre issues were marked with a star and are slightly scarcer. This specimen was lot 23200 in Ponterio sale 163 (Baltimore, November 2011), where it sold for $345. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE. Ecu, 1644-A. Louis XIV (1643-1715). VERY FINE."

Recorded mintage: est. 600,000.

Specification: 27.45 g, .917 fine silver, plain edge, designed by Jean Warin and Isaac Briot.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 440A, Dr/2 no. 294, KM-144.2; Gad-201, Dav-3798.


  • [1]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.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1600-1700, Galesburg, IL, 1974.
  • [2]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 163: The November 2011 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2011.

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