France 1603-Z 1/4 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 142, lot 1269
This specimen was lot 1269 in Jean Elsen sale 142 (Brussels, September 2019), where it sold for €80 (about US$104 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Henri IV (1589-1610), AR quart d'écu du Dauphiné, 1603Z, Grenoble. D/ Ecu couronné, écartelé de France et Dauphiné, entre II-II. R/ Croix feuillue. Belle patine. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Henry IV, 1589-1610, silver quarter écu of Dauphiné of 1603, Grenoble mint. Obverse: crowned arms of France and Dauphiné divides "II-II"; reverse: floriate cross. Nice patina, Very Fine.)"
The Grenoble mint, in the province of Dauphiné north of Provence, was one of those backwater mints whose products today are generally rare.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 9.71 g, .917 fine silver, plain edge, this specimen 9,51 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl. 1236; Ci. 1518; Laf. 1092.

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.
  • 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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