France 1645-A ecu

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CNG Lissner sale, lot 258

This specimen was lot 258 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $2,722.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE, Royal. Louis XIII le Juste (the Just). 1610–1643. AR Écu d’argent. Paris mint; différent: pellet. Dated 1643 A. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 62. Toned with choice light gray mottled patina over lustrous silver surfaces. A superb type coin of Louis XIII. This is the last French coin Dick purchased after waiting over fifty years for a suitable example. Purchased from M. Louis Teller, June 2012." This type, the écu à la mèche courte, was struck at Paris and Lyon 1643-45. Tho not rare, it is priced over triple a common date écu à la mèche longue, issued 1646-54. The écu would be struck until the end of the ancien régime in 1792.

Recorded mintage: est. 540,940.

Specification: 27.45 g, .917 fine silver, 39-41 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by J. Warin, this specimen 39 mm diameter, 27.16 g, 6h axis.

Catalog reference: Dav-3798, Duplessy 1349; Ciani 1664; KM 129.1, Dr/4 no. 440B, Dr/2 no. 294.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • [1]Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.

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