France 1597-L 1/4 ecu

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from the Stack's Bowers 2017 Collector's Choice sale, lot 72176
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This specimen was lot 72176 in Stack's Bowers Collectors Choice Online Auction (Santa Ana, CA, May 2017), where it sold for $423. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. 1/4 Ecu, 1597-L. Henry IV (1589-1610). NGC MS-64. Good strike with full legends on both sides. Attractive even toning with iridescent highlights. A truly exceptional example of this issue." This specimen was struck by the hammer at Bayonne 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.
  • [1]Ponterio, Rick, et al., The May 2017 Collector's Choice Sale, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.

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