France 1605-C 1/4 ecu

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from the Stack's Bowers 2017 Collector's Choice sale, lot 72177
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This specimen was lot 72177 in Stack's Bowers Collectors Choice Online Auction (Santa Ana, CA, May 2017), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. 1/4 Ecu, 1605-C. Saint Lo Mint. Henry IV (1589-1610). NGC EF-45. Nice round flan with full legends on both sides." This specimen was struck by the hammer at St.-Lô in Normandy 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. Duplessy notes this type for the St.-Lô and Rennes mints. It varies from the design used at other mints by having crowns at the ends of the cross rather than fleurs-de-lys.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 9.71 g, .917 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM-28, Duplessy 1230.


  • 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]Ponterio, Rick, et al., The May 2017 Collector's Choice Sale, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.

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