France 1644-L 1/4 ecu

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Sincona sale 47, lot 1649
This specimen was lot 1649 in Sincona sale 47 (Zurich, May 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANKREICH, Konigreich, Louis XIV. 1643-1715. 1/4 Ecu 1644 L, Bayonne. Sehr schön. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, quarter écu of 1644, Bayonne mint. Very fine.)"
This is among the last hammered coins struck in France. After production of the franc d'argent was suspended in 1586, this was the largest silver coin regularly struck in France prior to the introduction of milled coinage in the 1640's. The milled quart d'écu à la meche courte (Dr/4 no. 645A), struck the same year at Paris and Lyon, was only 6.86 g. Under Henry III, the hammered quart d'écu had a face value of fifteen sols tournois, by 1645, its value had risen to 21 sols tournois.

Recorded mintage: 32,936[2], a common date.

Specification: 9.71 g, .917 fine silver, this specimen 9.49 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 428, Dr/2 no. 280 (king's name on cross side), Gadoury 136.


  • [2]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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Auction 47, World Coins and Medals, Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2018.

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