Navarre 1587 1/4 ecu

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Sincona sale 47, lot 1775
This specimen was lot 1775 in Sincona sale 47 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 120 CHF (about US$144 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Navarra, Königreich, Henri II. 1572-1589. 1/4 Ecu 1587. Selten. Gutes sehr schön. Feine Patina. (France, kingdom of Navarre, Henry II, 1572-1589, quarter écu of 1587. Rare, Good very fine, Nicely toned.)"
This type is very similar to the hammered quarter écus being minted in the rest of France but for the title on the obverse. The Henry II shown here was the future Henry IV of France. In the sixteenth century, Navarre was still autonomous and struck its own coinage but Henry IV merged it with France. Most of the region ended up part of Spain.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 9.71 g, .917 fine silver, this specimen 9.54 g.

Catalog reference: Duplessy 1402. Poey d'Avant 3496.


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

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