France 1691-B 1/4 ecu

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France 1691B quart ecu rev 600.jpg

The specimen shown is an quart d'écu aux 8 L struck in Rouen during the reign of Louis XIV of France. This type was struck 1690-93 in small quantities, mostly overstriking older quarter écus ("flans reformés"--altho the specimen shows little undertype). It was succeeded by the quart d'écu aux palmes, which is quite a bit more available. Droulers[1] prices this date as scarce. There is a later quart d'écu aux 8 L struck 1704-05 (see 1704-9 quart d'écu aux 8 L) but it has a different reverse.

Recorded mintage: unknown but all "flans reformés."

Specification: 6.86 g, .917 fine silver, 27-28 mm diameter, reeded edge, designed by Joseph Roéttiers.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 689B, Dr/2 no. 403.

Source:

  • [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.

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