France 1643-M 1/4 ecu

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from the Stack's Bowers 2017 Collector's Choice sale, lot 72183
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This specimen was lot 72183 in Stack's Bowers Collectors Choice Online Auction (Santa Ana, CA, May 2017), where it did not sell. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE. 1/4 Ecu, 1643-M. Toulouse Mint. Louis XIII (1610-43). NGC EF-45. Good strike with full legends on both sides. Toned." This quarter écu was struck by the hammer at the Toulouse mint late in the reign of Louis XIII. It had a face value of 21 sols tournois. Hammered quarter écus of Louis XIV are known for 1643 but not from Toulouse. 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. Droulers[1] notes that much of the issue was made from silver pillaged by French troops in Spanish Catalonia.

Recorded mintage: 699,300, a 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-142.11 (date not listed).


  • [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.
  • 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.
  • [2]Ponterio, Rick, et al., The May 2017 Collector's Choice Sale, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.

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