France 1644-C 1/4 ecu

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Jean Elsen sale 141, lot 1212
This specimen was lot 1212 in Jean Elsen sale 141 (Brussels, June 2019), where it sold for €280 (about US$371 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Louis XIV (1643-1715), AR quart d'écu, 1644C, Saint-Lô. Frappé au marteau. D/ Croix fleurdelisée. LVD XIIII dans la légende. R/ Ecu de France couronné, entre II-II. Rare Petit coup sur la tranche. presque Superbe. (kingdom of France, Louis XIV, 1643-1715, silver quarter écu of 1644, Saint-Lô mint, struck by the hammer. Obverse: floriate cross, LVD XIIII in the legend; reverse: crowned arms of France divides the value. Rare, small rim nick, about Extremely Fine.)"
This type was hammered at the Saint-Lô mint 1643-47 and this is a fairly common date. Hammered quarter écus were made as late as 1652.

Recorded mintage: 79,430.

Specification: 9.71 g, .917 fine silver, plain edge, this specimen 9,51 g.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 428, Dr/2 no. 280, Dupl-1451 var.; Gad-136, KM 142.3.

Source:

  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • 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.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 141, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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