France 1587-G 1/4 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 133, lot 1232
This specimen was lot 1232 in Jean Elsen sale 133 (Brussels, June 2017), where it sold for €950 (about US$1,256 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Henri III (1574-1589), AR quart d'écu, 1587G, Poitiers. Variété avec la titulature royale autour de l'écu de France. D/ Croix fleurdelisée. R/ Ecu de France couronné, entre II-II. Légèrement nettoyé. Petite fêlure du flan. Superbe. (kingdom of France, Henry III, 1574-89, silver quarter écu of 1587, Poitiers mint. Variety with the royal title around the shield of France. Lightly cleaned, small flan crack, extremely fine.)"
This specimen was struck by the hammer at Poitiers during the reign of Henry III, last of the Valois dynasty. The Tours, Poitiers and Troyes mints switched the obverse/reverse legends vs. other mints. 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. It had a face value of fifteen sol tournois.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 9.71 g, .917 fine silver, this specimen 9,61 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl. 1133A; Ci. 1437; Laf. 975.

Source:

  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 133, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2017.

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