France 1587-K 1/4 franc

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Stack's Bowers November 2015, lot 39114
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This specimen was lot 39114 in Stack's Bowers Winter sale (Baltimore, November 2015), where it sold for $352.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. 1/4 Franc, 1587-K. Bordeaux Mint. Henry III (1574-89). NGC MS-63. Portrait with ruff. VERY SCARCE. Struck during the Wars of Religion that had France in disarray with multiple factions vying for power. Clear date and mint mark, along with all of the original die polish lines clearly visible in the obverse fields. In all likelihood, the finest extant. For those collectors pursuing a French type-set, an irresistible coin worthy of a strong bid." The specimen shown is a quart de franc au col plat of Henry III of France (r. 1574-89) struck by the hammer at the Bordeaux mint (mintmark "K") in 1587. Duplessy lists this type for 1585-89 with a face value of five sols tournois. Many varieties exist.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.54 g, .833 fine silver.

Catalog reference: Roberts-3573, Duplessy 1132.


  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • Roberts, James N., The Silver Coins of Medieval France (476-1610 AD), S. Salem, NY: Attic Books, 1996.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, and Todd McKenna, The November 2015 Baltimore Auction, World Coins and Paper Money, featuring the Ray Czabor Collection and selections from the Strong Museum, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2015.

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