France 1602-Mor 1/4 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 127, lot 1336
This specimen was lot 1336 in Jean Elsen sale 127 (Brussels, December 2015), where it sold for €280 (about US$359 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Henri IV (1589-1610), AR quart d'écu de Béarn, 1602, Morlaàs. Frappé au marteau. D/ Croix fleurdelisée. R/ Ecu couronné, parti de France et Navarre-Béarn, accosté de II-II. Belle patine. Rare dans cette qualité. Superbe. (kingdom of France, Henry IV, 1589-1610, silver quarter écu of Béarn of 1602, Morlaàs mint, struck by the hammer. Obverse: floriate cross; reverse: crowned arms of France and Navarre-Béarn divide "IIII". Nice toning, rare in this quality, extremely fine.)"
This specimen was struck by the hammer at Morlaàs in Bearn 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.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 9.71 g, .917 fine silver, this specimen 9,48 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl. 1240; Ci. 1520; Laf. 1099.

Source:

  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 127, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2015.

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