France 1643-Pau 1/4 ecu

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Sincona sale 47, lot 1647
This specimen was lot 1647 in Sincona sale 47 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 160 CHF (about US$192 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANKREICH, Konigreich, Louis XIII. 1610-1643. 1/4 Ecu de France-Navarre-Béarn 1643, Pau. Vorzüglich. (kingdom of France, Louis XIII, 1610-43, quarter écu of Béarn of 1643, Pau mint. Extremely fine.)"
This specimen was struck by the hammer at Pau in Béarn 1643-52 during the reign of Louis XIII (1610-43). 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. The 1643 comes "** **", "*·* *·*" or "*** ***" at top of obverse.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 9.71 g, .917 fine silver, this specimen 9.64 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 433, Dr/2 no. 292, Gadoury 30.


  • 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.
  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Auction 47, World Coins and Medals, Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2018.

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