France 1595-L 1/4 ecu
"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.
- Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
- Richter, Jürg, Auction 47, World Coins and Medals, Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2018.