France 1606-G 1/4 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 1154
This specimen was lot 1154 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it sold for €120 (about US$159 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Henri IV (1589-1610), AR quart d'écu, 1606G, Poitiers. 2e type. Avec la titulature royale autour de l'écu. D/ Ecu de France couronné, entre II-II. R/ Croix feuillue. Flan large, avec un petit éclat sur la tranche. Belle patine. Très Beau à Superbe. (kingdom of France, Henry IV, 1589-1610, silver quarter écu of 1606, Poitiers mint, second type, with the royal title around the shield. Obverse: crowned arms of France divides the value; reverse: floriate cross. Large planchet, small rim nick, nice patina, Very Fine - Extremely Fine.)"
This quart d'écu was struck by the hammer. Introduced in the 1578, it superseded the testons and francs d'argent heretofore struck. It would be the most important silver coin of France until the milled coinage reform of the 1640's. It had a face value of 15 sols tournois. On this specimen, the king's name starts at bottom of shield. The photo in Duplessy shows the king's name on the cross side, which is probably wrong for Dupl-1224B.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 9.71 g, .917 fine silver, this specimen 9,59 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl-1224B; Ci. 1516; Laf. 1068.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 141, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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