France 1642-D 1/4 ecu

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from the Stack's Bowers 2017 Collector's Choice sale, lot 72179
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This specimen was lot 72179 in Stack's Bowers Collectors Choice Online Auction (Santa Ana, CA, May 2017), where it sold for $199.75. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE. 1/4 Ecu, 1642-D. Lyon Mint. Louis XIII (1610-43). NGC AU-58. Nice round planchet with full legends on both sides. Attractive toning with considerable underlying luster." This quarter écu was struck by the hammer at the Lyon mint late in the reign of Louis XIII. It had a face value of 21 sols tournois. Starting in 1640 and extending into the early years of Louis XIV, French mints were converting to milled coinage similar to this quarter écu from Paris, worth 15 sols tournois.

Recorded mintage: 61,637, a fairly common date[1].

Specification: 9.71 g, .917 fine silver, 26-31 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Dupl-1332, Dr/4 no. 105, Dr/2 no. 86, KM-47.4.


  • [1]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • 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.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • [2]Ponterio, Rick, et al., The May 2017 Collector's Choice Sale, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.

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