France 1595-L 1/4 ecu

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Sincona sale 47, lot 1633
This specimen was lot 1633 in Sincona sale 47 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 120 CHF (about US$144 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANKREICH, Konigreich, Henri IV. 1589-1610. 1/4 Ecu 1595 L, Bayonne. Vorzüglich. Feine Patina. (kingdom of France, Henry IV, 1589-1610, quarter écu of 1595, Bayonne mint. Extremely fine, Nicely toned.)"
This specimen was struck by the hammer during the reign of Henry IV, founder of the Bourbon dynasty (1589-1793). It is a product of the Bayonne mint. 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 9.66 g.

Catalog reference: Duplessy 1224. Ciani 1517.

Source:

  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Auction 47, World Coins and Medals, Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2018.

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