France 1603-StP 1/4 ecu

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Stack's Bowers ANA sale, lot 606
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This specimen was struck by the hammer at St-Palais 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. This specimen was lot 606 in Stack's Bowers ANA auction (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $493.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. 1/4 Ecu, 1603. St. Palais Mint. Henry IV (1589-1610). NGC MS-63. Impressive detail and toning."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 9.71 g, .917 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM-31, Duplessy 1238, Ciani 1519.


  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • Roberts, James N., The Silver Coins of Medieval France (476-1610 AD), S. Salem, NY: Attic Books, 1996.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, The August 2014 Chicago ANA Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Featuring the David O'Harrow Collection, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2014.

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