France 1589-H 1/4 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 136, lot 1427
This specimen was lot 1427 in Jean Elsen sale 136 (Brussels, March 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Henri III (1574-1589), AR quart d'écu, 1589H, La Rochelle. D/ Croix fleurdelisée. R/ Ecu de France couronné, entre II-II. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Henry III, 1574-89, quarter écu of 1589, La Rochelle mint. Obverse: floriate cross; reverse: crowned arms of France divide "II - II". Very fine.)"
This specimen was struck by the hammer during the reign of Henry III, last king of the Valois dynasty (1328-1589). It is a product of the La Rochelle mint (mintmark "H"). This was the largest silver coin regularly struck in France prior to the introduction of milled coinage in the 1640's.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 9.71 g, .917 fine silver, this specimen 9,58 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl-1133; Ci. 1438; Laf. 973.


  • 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 136: Collection Martiny, Collection Nef, Collection Casterman, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2018.

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