France 1603-K 1/4 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 142, lot 1268
This specimen was lot 1268 in Jean Elsen sale 142 (Brussels, September 2019), where it sold for €130 (about US$169 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Henri IV (1589-1610), AR quart d'écu, 1603K, Bordeaux. 2e type. D/ Croix feuillue. R/ Ecu de France couronné, entre II-II. Très Beau à Superbe. (kingdom of France, Henry IV, 1589-1610, silver quarter écu of 1603, Bordeaux mint, second type. Obverse: floriate cross; reverse: crowned arms of France divides "II-II". Very Fine - Extremely Fine.)"
This specimen was struck by the hammer at Bordeaux 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, plain edge, this specimen 9,55 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl. 1224; Ci. 1517; Laf. 1066.


  • 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.
  • Roberts, James N., The Silver Coins of Medieval France (476-1610 AD), S. Salem, NY: Attic Books, 1996.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 142, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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