France 1628-L 1/4 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 138, lot 1025
This specimen was lot 1025 in Jean Elsen sale 138 (Brussels, September 2018), where it sold for €90 (about US$125 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIII (1610-1643), AR quart d'écu, 1628L, Bayonne. D/ Croix fleurdelisée. R/ Ecu de France couronné, entre II-II. Belle patine. Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Louis XIII, 1610-43, silver quarter écu of 1628, Bayonne mint. Obverse: floriate cross; reverse: crowned arms of France dividing value. Nice toning, 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: 119,725 (including some 1/8 écus)[2], a common date.

Specification: 9.71 g, .917 fine silver, 26-31 mm diameter, plain edge, this specimen 9,41 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 138, Collection A. BLONDEL, Collection M. HENDRICKX, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2018.

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