France 1615-L 1/4 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 134, lot 1687
This specimen was lot 1687 in Jean Elsen sale 134 (Brussels, September 2017), where it sold for €80 (about US$113 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIII (1610-1643), AR quart d'écu, 1615L, Bayonne. 1er type. D/ Croix fleurdelisée. R/ Ecu de France couronné, entre II-II. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIII, 1610-43, silver quarter écu of 1615, Bayonne mint, first type. Obverse: floriate cross; reverse: crowned arms of France between "II - II". Very fine.)"
This type was struck for the entire length of Louis XIII's reign from two dozen mints and is common in circulated condition.

Recorded mintage: 120,229 (including some 1/8 écus)[2].

Specification: 9.71 g, .917 fine silver, 26-31 mm diameter, this specimen 9,44 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 105, Dr/2 no. 86, Dupl. 1332; Gad-27.

Source:

  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • [2]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 134, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2017.

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