France 1605-Morlaas 1/8 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 114, lot 1163
France 1605-Mor 1-8 ecu rev JElsen 114-1163.jpg
This specimen was lot 1163 in Jean Elsen sale 114 (Brussels, September 2012) where it sold for €80 (about $124 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"FRANCE ROYALE, Henri IV (1589-1610), AR huitième d'écu de Béarn, 1605, Morlaàs. Frappé au marteau. Droit: Croix fleurdelisée. Revers: Ecu couronné, parti de France et Navarre-Béarn, accosté de V-III. Très Beau. (France, Henry IV, 1589-1610, silver eighth écu of Béarn of 1605, Morlaàs mint. Hammered, obverse: floriate cross; reverse: crowned arms of France and Navarre-Béarn divide "V-III". Very fine.)"
This eighth écu was struck by the hammer at at least a dozen mints starting in the time of Henry III (1580) and continuing into the reign of Louis XIV (1651).

Reported Mintage: unknown.

Specification: 4.85 g, .833 fine silver, 24-26 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Dupl., 1241; Ciani-1531; Laf., 1100.

Source:

  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • [2]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 114, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2012.

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