France 1591-9 1/4 ecu
This specimen was part of lot 1316 in Jean Elsen sale 109 (Brussels, June 2011) where it sold for 120 euros ($203 including buyer's fee). The catalog description noted, "FRANCE ROYALE, Henri IV (1589-1610), lot de 5 quarts d'écus frappés à Rennes, 2e type, 1591 (photo), 1604 (2), 1605, 1606. Beau à Très Beau" This specimen was struck by the hammer at Rennes during the reign of Henry IV, founder of the Bourbon dynasty (1589-1793). 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 sols tournois.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 9.71 g, .917 fine silver.
Catalog reference: Duplessy 1224.
- Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
- Elsen, Philippe, Vente Publique 109, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses fils, S.A., 2011.