France 1606-Pau 1/4 ecu

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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This specimen was struck by the hammer at Pau in Béarn 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. Duplessy notes this type for the Morlaàs and Pau mints. This coin was struck in a balance press so we assign it to Pau rather than to Morlaàs, which only produced hammered coins.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 9.71 g, .917 fine silver.

Catalog reference: Dupl-1240.


  • 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.

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